Demystifying Clutch via David Freese
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese has been struggling at the plate this postseason. In 14 games so far he is batting just .178. This may be surprising to some observers.
Up through last postseason Freese was viewed as some sort of clutch batter. In his first 29 playoff games David Freese was a really great performer. He batted .369 while slugging .689 in over 100 at bats in the 2011 & 2012 playoffs.
I don’t believe that Freese is now afraid of the spotlight. He isn’t choking under pressure. His career line of .286 BA/.356 OBP/.427 SLG is the reality. Freese overachieved in the last two playoffs and is underachieving this year. It’s not clutch it’s luck.