Drew Silva dissects Atlanta Braves 1B Matt Olson's offensive production to see what fantasy managers can expect moving forward.
DREW SILVA: There are probably some Braves fans out there who still hold a grudge about the organization's failure to lock up Freddie Freeman long term, but Matt Olson, essentially Freeman's successor at first base in Atlanta, is certainly not to blame for the disappointing way that things have gone for the defending World Series Champions so far in 2022. Olson's 30 extra base hits as of June 5 are tied for third in the Majors with Aaron Judge, Jose Ramirez, and Paul Goldschmidt, and behind only Rafael Devers and Bryce Harper.
Sure, those extra base hits have come more in the form of doubles than home runs, but Olson is sure to find his left-handed power stroke eventually at a home environment in Truist Park that caters to left-handed big flies. Olson does have more homers than Freeman, at least, and several more doubles than the longtime fan favorite that he replaced. Olson is also nearly five years younger than Freeman. This was not a downgrade.