Atlanta Braves’ Acuña Jr. is quickly approaching 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases. In addition, he is poised to win the National League MVP award.
Acuña Jr. started as the first hitter and right fielder in the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates held at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on the 9th 온라인카지노 (Korean time). On this day, he went 3-for-4 with 1 home run, 1 walk, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.
With this day’s game, Acuña Jr.’s season performance was 140 games, 35 home runs, 90 RBIs, 63 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.334 (190 hits in 569 at-bats), a slugging percentage of 0.585, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.999. If he adds just 5 home runs in the remaining games, he can reach the 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases mark. In addition, while LA Dodgers Mookie Betts was temporarily absent due to injury, he took the lead in the National League MVP race.
Acuña Jr. was active throughout the game. Acuña Jr., who appeared as the leadoff hitter in the first inning, reached base due to an opponent’s error. Acuña Jr. hit opposing starter Mitch Keller’s 92.9 mph sinkerball. The batted ball was headed toward the shortstop, but Alika Williams made an error. Acuña Jr. succeeded in getting on base like this.
In his second at-bat in the third inning, he got a hit. Acuña Jr. hit Keller’s 88.7 mph cut fastball and connected it with a mid-game hit. Afterwards, Acuña Jr. hit home thanks to back-to-back hits by Matt Olson, Marce Osuna, and Eddie Rosario.
In his third at-bat in the fourth inning, he hit a home run. Acuña Jr., who was the leadoff hitter, put out the bat without hesitation when Keller’s first pitch, a 91.5 mph fastball, was in the middle of the strike zone. The well-hit ball flew toward the center wall, leading to a home run. This is the moment when Acuña Jr.’s 35th home run hit.
In his fourth at-bat in the fifth inning, he scored an RBI. With 2 outs and runners on third base, Acuña Jr. hit Keller’s cut fastball at 87.1 mph for a hit to right. At this time, with the runner on third base hitting home, Acuña Jr. even scored an RBI.
In the 8th inning, he reached base due to a walk. Acuña Jr., who started as the leadoff hitter, got a walk after a close battle with a full count. With this, Acuña Jr. reached base 4 times.
Acuña Jr. hit his 35th home run of the season. If you add just 5 home runs, you will achieve 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases. Acuña Jr. was unable to complete the season due to injury in 2019, hitting only 41 home runs and 37 stolen bases. And for the first time in four years, we are well on our way to breaking the record.
MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball website, also focused on Acuña Jr.’s performance. The media highly praised Acuña Jr., saying, “Acuña Jr. has taken steps toward joining the 40 home runs and 40 steals club. With Betts sidelined due to a foot injury, Acuña is monopolizing the MVP spotlight.” Teammate Eddie Rosario gave a thumbs up, saying, “Acuña Jr. is the MVP. One of the best players I’ve ever seen in my life.”