ST. LOUIS -- David Freese said before Monday's game against the Rockies that he wouldn't be voting for himself or asking people to vote for him in the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Firestone. But if he continues to perform this week the way he did on Monday, he might not need to do any campaigning.
Freese finished 3-for-4 with three singles and a run scored in the Cardinals' 9-3 win. In his last 11 games, he is batting .386, with five multi-hit games. He's raised his average, from .267 to .286, over that time.
Freese said afterward that he has had a bit of a different approach at the plate over the last two weeks. He hasn't been trying to go deep every time, and is instead focusing on making solid contact.
"I think I'm just keeping it a little more simple," Freese said. "I think for a few weeks there, I got into launch mode a little bit. That will plummet you real quick. I'm more of a guy that tries to hit hard liners, and if they go, they go. That's the type of hitter, and I'd like to just stay that way."