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Freddie Freeman had RBI double but is hitting .189 in last 24 games. (Curtis Compton)

That a Braves’ hitter is in a tailspin is not unusual.

That it’s Freddie Freeman is like some nonsensical alternate universe.

Freeman has been one of the team’s best and certainly most consistent hitters since 2011. He was the team’s best player a year ago, hitting .319 with 23 homers, 109 RBIs and a team-leading OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .897. When he hit .397 in the first 18 games this season, all seemed well. Then came weirdness with a .227 average in 48 games and .188 in the last 23 before Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Maybe Saturday was some small sign of a turnaround. Freeman’s ground-rule double knocked in the tying run in the ninth inning after B.J. Upton’s bases-clearing triple had closed the Angels’ lead to 5-4. The…

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