Unlike the American League (AL) led by Shohei Ohtani of the LA Angels, the competition for the National League MVP is close.
The two-way match between Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves and Mookie Betts of the LA Dodgers is interesting. Here, Acuña’s teammate Matt Olson appears as an ambush.
Olson started as first baseman No. 3 in the home game against the St. Louis Cardinals held at Truist Park on the 8th (Korean time)먹튀검증 and went 8-5, going 2 hits in 3 at bats, including 1 home run, 1 RBI, and 2 runs. led to victory
Olson drew a solo arch in the middle of the fifth inning with two outs when the score was tied 3-3. With a ball count of 2B1S, he hit a sinker in the middle of St. Louis veteran starter Adam Wainwright’s 4th pitch at 85.5 mph and flew over the center fence. He has recently hit four home runs in four consecutive games, leading the league in this category with 47 home runs.
He widened the gap with Ohtani (44), who was resting due to side pain, by three, and beat New York Mets Pete Alonso (42), second in NL home runs, by five.
With his performance on this day, Olson recorded a batting average of 0.272 (143 hits in 526 at-bats), 47 home runs, 116 RBI, 109 runs, and an OPS of 0.977. In particular, they are ranked first in both leagues combined in RBIs. Since he is 14 ahead of 2nd place Alonso (102), it is safe to say that he has virtually confirmed the RBI title.
If that’s the case, wouldn’t Olson also be a worthy candidate for NL MVP?
Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. misses Jordan Walker’s hit in the second inning against St. Louis on the 6th (Korean time). EPAYonhap NewsLA Dodgers second baseman Mookie Betts is throwing his body towards Ronald Acuña Jr.’s hit in the game against Atlanta on the 1st (Korean time). AP Yonhap NewsHowever, local reporters with voting rights have a completely different opinion. As a result of MLB.com’s mock MVP voting among 54 reporters and commentators, it was found that Acuña and Betts shared the first place votes.
Acuña received first-place support from 28 people and Betts from 26 people, respectively. The difference is only 2 votes. In the rankings, Acuña is 1st and Betts is 2nd. Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman took third place, and Olsen was ranked fourth. Freeman and Olson did not receive a single first-place vote.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll ranked fifth, and from sixth place onward were Cody Bellinger, Francisco Lindor, Luis Arraez, Ha-seong Kim, Juan Soto, Jack Wheeler, Justin Steel, Pete Alonso, and Bryce Harper. It is noteworthy that Kim Ha-seong received votes for the second consecutive time since last month.
As of today, Acuña Jr. has a batting average of 0.331 (187 hits in 565 at-bats), 34 home runs, 88 RBI, 125 runs, 63 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.990. Acuña, who became the first player in history to surpass 30 home runs and 60 stolen bases, is also within reach of 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases. This is why you should become an MVP.
Betts has a batting average of 0.314 (162 hits in 516 at-bats), 38 home runs, 99 RBI, 118 runs, and an OPS of 1.020. He is ahead of Acuña in home runs, RBI, and OPS. It is difficult to determine superiority or inferiority.
On the other hand, in AL, Ohtani continued to dominate. All 54 people gave Ohtani a unanimous vote. Ohtani unanimously received first place votes last July and August.
MLB.com said, ‘Ohtani, who ended the season as a pitcher due to a ruptured elbow ligament, but is still effective as a hitter, has already accomplished a lot this season and reigns as an overwhelming MVP candidate,’ and ‘Leads the AL with 44 home runs and has an OPS of 1.066. Ohtani, who is ranked first in both leagues combined, posted 10 wins and 5 losses as a pitcher, an ERA of 3.14, and 167 strikeouts.’
As of today, Ohtani is the overwhelming leader in this category with bWAR of 9.9. Betts (8.0) and Acuña (6.9) are second and third, and in the AL, Marcus Simien of the Texas Rangers is ranked second after Ohtani with 6.1. Ohtani also ranks first in fWAR with 8.9. After that, they are Betts (7.7), Freeman (6.8), and Acuña (6.6), and in the AL, Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners is in second place with 5.5.
In other words, the record proves that Ohtani had no problem being unanimously selected as AL MVP. This is in contrast to Olson, who is dominating the home run-RBI race and did not receive a single first-place vote.
Article provided by Sports Chosun