Bunker: Freddie Freeman Is Atlanta Braves' MVP

Atlanta Slugger Is Batting .310 With 20 HRs

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 30, 2018 - 8:00 am
Aug 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) high fives teammates after scoring a run during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

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The Braves have captured the attention of the Atlanta sports scene. Andy Bunker, host at 9.29 The Game in Atlanta joined Amy Lawrence on Tuesday to discuss the Braves' MVP.

As of Wednesday, the 73-57 Braves lead the NL East by 3.5 games. Bunker sees Freddie Freeman as the team's MVP. Through 131 games, Freeman is batting .310 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI while sporting a .393 on-base percentage.

"I think still to this point, it would probably have to be Freddie Freeman just because he's done it all season long," Bunker said.

Though Bunker believes that Freeman is currently team MVP, Nick Markakis is having an excellent season. Bunker views leadoff man Ronald Acuna as second-half MVP.

"The unexpected MVP is Nick Markakis. Nobody thought Nick Markakis was going to have this type of year. He's 34-years-old and he made his first All-Star Game. That doesn't happen very often. He's having the best season of his career and he continues to do it. But I think the second-half MVP is Ronald Acuna. What Ronald Acuna has done since the All-Star break when they decided to put him at the leadoff spot has been unbelivable. As good as he was before that and as highly-touted of a prospect as he is, I don't think anybody could have predicted that he was going to take to that leadoff role the way that he has."

Markakis is batting .311 with 14 home runs and 83 RBI through 131 games. Acuna is hitting .287 with 21 home runs and 46 RBI while stealing 11 bases through 80 games.

The Braves close out their series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Atlanta won the first game of the series, 9-5.