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Freeman places fifth in NL MVP voting

Freeman places fifth in NL MVP voting

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ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finished fifth in the balloting for this year's National League Most Valuable Player Award.

The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen was named the winner on Thursday evening. Rounding out the top five in order were D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter and Freeman.

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Freeman was included on each of the 30 ballots, but did not receive a top-three vote. The 24-year-old slugger did receive five fourth-place votes.

Freeman batted .319 with 23 home runs and a .897 OPS. On the way to driving in a career-best 109 runs, he ranked second in the NL in batting average with runners in scoring position (.443). Freeman's .411 batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position ranked fourth in the Senior Circuit.

McCutchen led all NL players with a 8.2 Baseball-Reference WAR. Goldschmidt ranked fourth (6.4) and Molina sixth (5.6). Freeman's Braves-best 4.8 WAR stood as the NL's 11th-best mark.

Craig Kimbrel and Andrelton Simmons were the other Braves to receive MVP votes -- Kimbrel finished 11th and Simmons 14th.

2013 NL MVP VOTING
Player, Club 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Andrew McCutchen, PIT 28 1 1               409
Paul Goldschmidt, ARI   15 9 1 3 2         242
Yadier Molina, STL 2 8 4 6 6   1   2 1 219
Matt Carpenter, STL   6 5 4 3 9 1 1 1   194
Freddie Freeman, ATL       5 7 8 8 1 1   154
Joey Votto, CIN     2 8 7 3 4   1 2 149
Clayton Kershaw, LA     8 4   4 5 4 1   146
Hanley Ramirez, LA     1 1 2 1 2 3 3 3 58
Carlos Gomez, MIL         1   3 6 2 3 43
Jay Bruce, CIN         1 1 3   2 3 30
Craig Kimbrel, ATL       1   1   3 3   27
Shin-Soo Choo, CIN           1 1 1 4 3 23
Jayson Werth, WAS             1 2 2 6 20
Andrelton Simmons, ATL               2 4   14
Yasiel Puig, LA             2 1     10
Hunter Pence, SF               1 1 2 7
Troy Tulowitzki, COL                 2 1 5
Allen Craig, STL               1   1 4
Adrian Gonzalez, LA               1   1 4
Buster Posey, SF               1     3
Adam Wainwright, STL               1     3
Michael Cuddyer, COL                   3 3
Matt Holliday, STL                 1   2
Russell Martin, PIT                   1 1

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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