Freddie Freeman's playoff struggles nothing new for Braves

Freeman is 0-8 so far in the NLCS

Freddie Freeman does not have a hit in the NLCS...let me reiterate that, Freddie Freeman does not have a hit in the NLCS.

The Atlanta Braves have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers and Freeman, arguably the heart and soul of the Braves offense, really hasn't added anything at the plate in the first two victories.

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Freeman, who is 0-8 and started with 7 consecutive strikeouts to begin the NLCS, has always had a tough time in October, where his postseason average is nearly 30 points lower than his career average (.267 versus .295).

Freddie Freeman entered the NLCS after one of his best postseason performances in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Brewers. Freeman had 3 hits, including the eventual game-winning home run in that game, but that was his first 3-hit game in the playoffs since his very first postseason game in 2012.

The Braves are used to Freeman traditionally struggling in October but had hoped after last season's playoff performance from Freeman (12 hits including 2 HR's in 12 games) he would have a bigger impact than he's had so far.

The Braves have been led to a pair of home victories over the Dodgers by breakout star Austin Riley and by a pair of midseason additions in Eddie Rosario and Joc Pederson, but will need Freeman to heat up if they want to advance to the World Series.