If it wasn’t already clear, Ronald Acuña Jr. put a bow on the NL MVP award last night, mashing not one but two home runs against the Phillies.
Ronald Acuña Jr. sends one out on the first pitch! pic.twitter.com/HTkrELWLhQ
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) September 19, 2023
Nobody in MLB history had reached 30/60 in a season and Ronald Acuña Jr. is about to get 40/70.
MVP, case closed.
— MLB Metrics (@MLBMetrics) September 20, 2023
The two home runs put Acuña at 39 for the season. He needs one more to become just the fifth player in MLB history to join the 40/40 club and the first ever member of the 40/60 club.
Oh, and by the way, Acuña also had a single in the game, and what came after that base knock? Another stolen base, giving him 67 on the season. With 11 games remaining, it seems like a foregone conclusion that he will become the first member of the 40/70 club, which is something I have said may never be replicated again in our lifetime. Of course, unless Acuña feels like eclipsing his own marks next season.
Acuña has made history an unprecedented amount of times this season. His consistency from start to finish has been something to marvel at. Mookie Betts has had an unbelievable season in his own right, but Acuña has just been… better. Following last night’s win over the Phillies, he leads the National League in hits, runs, stolen bases, and OPS.
Ronald Acuña Jr. now leads the National League with 205 hits, 138 runs, 67 stolen bases and a 1.014 OPS.
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) September 20, 2023
The case is now closed. Ronald Acuña Jr. is the MVP of the National League.
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