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MVP Favorites Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuna Jr. Face a New Challenge, as $168 Million Slugger Solidifies His Case – “Better Than Acuna”

Published 09/22/2023, 8:21 AM EDT

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The 2023 MLB season is marked by the rivalries between the teams and the players. One such instance is the battle between Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL MVP of the season. But there is a change in it with another Braves star, joining the race with display on the diamond.

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MVP battles have become interesting over the past few seasons because of the two-way battles. But the story could change with Matt Olson silently joining the battle. Notably, the league home run leader had another great outing as he moved closer to breaking many records. But given that much of the season is yet to be played, fans expect him to add more to his records. Though, while accepting that he could win the MVP, they have shared the reasons behind happening so.

Matt Olson Keeps His Steady Approach for the MVP Title


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The 2023 season has brought many pictures into the frame. It includes the battle between Acuna and Betts for the precious MVP title. It has happened because of their contribution to their respective teams, prompting many to put them in the finals for the title. Although the MLB world may have forgotten other players capable of winning the same title, Matt Olson has changed the scene, reminding everyone of his presence with another solid game of the season.

The 29-year-old first baseman scored his 53rd home run of the season. It came in the 10-3 win against the Washington Nationals, which Olson finished with two runs to his name. With this performance, he has also strengthened his position in the league’s statistics box.


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Reportedly, Olson has an average of 0.279, with 132 RBIs and an OPS of 0.994. Because of this, he has a lead over Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mookie Betts, who are behind him in the home runs and RBIs. Also, there is not much difference apart from the batting average, which makes him a perfect contender for the MVP. But fans did not feel so, even after accepting his MVP credentials.

Fans Put Olson at the Odds Even After Appreciating His Season Record

MVP battles are interesting because they also bring fan voices into the picture. The same is the case where a section is backing Mookie, while the other feels Acuna should have it.

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It was also seen in their response to the Olson’s record. Though they accepted him to be a contender, but put him behind their favorites and gave the following reasons for doing the same.

Another added that there is no spot left in the NL.

One fan said that he is a deserving candidate but in third position.

However, one fan disagreed with all and said he should win.


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Fans have given an interesting take on the race, pulling Matt Olson out from it. However, do you think there will be a change in the situation at the end of the season, given the performances Matt is giving? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Written by:

Saurabh Saini


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Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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Deepanshi Bajaj