Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson has been a worthy replacement for Freddie Freeman.
He is not quite at his level, but hits home runs, gets on base, and drives in runs.
Oh, and he plays good defense, too.
When it comes to home runs exclusively, his pace is right on par with a historic slugger.
No, we are not talking about Freeman this time.
“Matt Olson has 195 HRs in his first 806 MLB games. Joe DiMaggio had 195 HRs in his first 806 MLB games,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
Matt Olson has 195 HRs in his first 806 MLB games.
Joe DiMaggio had 195 HRs in his first 806 MLB games.pic.twitter.com/2tz5rGscXI
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 16, 2023
Now, some people in the replies got it all wrong and thought the user was comparing Olson with DiMaggio directly and on a performance level.
There is no comparison, and that’s not what the account did.
They just illustrated an odd statistical fact which doesn’t mean more than just that: a coincidence.
It’s a pretty neat coincidence, though.
Olson and DiMaggio are totally different players.
However, despite playing in different eras, realities, political and socio-economical contexts, and everything you can think of, they both have the same number of home runs over their first 806 MLB games.
This year, Olson has been an important power source for the first-place Braves.
He has supplied a very solid 19 homers and 10 doubles, and his OPS is a solid .844.
Batting average is not really a strength of his, as he is sporting a .232 mark.
Still, with such a good OPS and his ability to get on base (.349 OBP), the Braves are very happy with Olson as their starting first baseman.NEXT: MLB Insider Details Ronald Acuna Jr.'s Historic Pace