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Jeff McNeil on Cusp of NL Batting Title After Freddie Freeman's Clunker at Plate

Adam Taylor McKillop
New York Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil is on the cusp pf the NL batting title after Freddie Freeman's clunker at the plate Tuesday.
New York Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil is on the cusp pf the NL batting title after Freddie Freeman's clunker at the plate Tuesday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While their collapse in the NL East standings still stings, the New York Mets have a lot to play for. This is still a team that already locked up their playoff spot and is considered a serious World Series threat ahead of October.

There's also a few personal milestones left to accomplish, notably for All-Star utility man Jeff McNeil.

In the middle of a tight race with Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Freddie Freeman, McNeil is on the cusp of securing the NL's batting title ahead of MLB's final regular season day.

Jeff McNeil NL Batting Title

Freeman had a clunker on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, his third straight game going 0-for-4 at the dish. On the other side was McNeil, who played in both games of the Mets' doubleheader and collected 3 hits in 8 ABs.

As is stands, McNeil leads the NL with a .326 batting average. Freeman's recent string of slumping performances dropped his number from .329 on Oct. 1 all the way down to .322 after Tuesday night.

Mets insider Anthony DiComo weighed in on the situation, realizing that Freeman would need hits in each of his first four plate appearances in order to pass McNeil. The latter doesn't even need to play to lock up his batting title.

The Mets have not yet released their lineup for the regular season finale, but it wouldn't be surprising to see McNeil earn a day of rest, and take home that batting title to his personal trophy case.

New York enters the postseason as the NL's 4-seed, lining up a Wild Card round matchup against the 5-seed San Diego Padres. The Mets holds +950 odds (5th) to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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