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Freeman, Acuña expected to be “100 percent” for NLDS


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If you were really worried that the Braves wouldn’t have their lineup at full strength when the National League Division Series kicks off tomorrow afternoon, maybe this will help:

The two sluggers represent a huge part of the expected damage-dealers and win-probability-aggregators for the NLDS. Freeman ended his season with a 138 wRC+ and 4.0 fWAR, but suffered a bit of a power outage towards the end of the year, with just two homers in September, both hit on September 1. It was the first time in over year that he had a calendar month with just two or fewer longballs (August 2018). Acuña finished the year as his team’s fWAR leader with 5.6, though his 126 wRC+ represented a bit of a stepback from his phenomenal Rookie of the Year campaign in 2018. While Acuña struck out a ton in September (33.7 percent, career high for any calendar month), he still hit pretty well (117 wRC+) and mostly just got unlucky, as he had a scaldingly-good .424 xwOBA (.359 wOBA) over his last 86 PAs.

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