What does that make Freese? It makes him a clutch hitter, right? It makes him a professional. He wants to be paid to get clutch hits!
And one of those is how they don’t believe there is such a thing as performing in the clutch. Statisticians believe an at-bat is an at-bat. An inning is an inning. And they’re all the same.
But if you think you can justify comparing an at-bat in the middle of May to what David Freese saw against Neftali Feliz last October or what Daniel Descalso saw against Drew Storen on Friday night, with all due respect, they’re insane.
Mike Matheny said in his pre game press conference today at AT&T Park that he doesn’t get that either. He knows what when you see a statistic such as the fact David Freese has 25 RBIs in his first 25 career postseason at-bats, something only Lou Gehrig has done, it’s legitimate.
That’s no fluke.
That’s someone who doesn’t get distracted or scared by a situation.
Some Cardinals told reporters that they saw a few of the Nationals taking deep breaths during that epic Game 5 in Washington on Friday night. They saw them trying to calm their nerves. They knew the Nationals were nervous. They knew they could take advantage of that.
If that’s not living proof that situations are different then I don’t know what is. When you’re in a pressurized game or a pressurized at-bat your true colors show.
The Cards have that. Not all other teams do.