Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images).
Willson Contreras got struck by his 5th pitch of the season, and its still April by Josh Hill.
Ronald Acuña displays his power daily, however do not ignore his blazing speed.
Acuña is also The Flash, seemingly. The Cubs never saw that coming.
Atlanta has actually managed to ward off a devastating start regardless of the fact that much of the big bats in their lineup, including Ozuna and Freddie Freeman, have yet to truly get going. Those stars are far too qualified to allow such a stat to linger for long, but the Braves need them to strike more regularly, and quickly.
In Game 1 of the Braves series at Wrigley Field, Acuña somehow scored from second base on an infield single by Marcell Ozuna. While the grounder did practically discover the hole in between shortstop and 3rd base, resulting in a diving attempt by Javier Baez, Acuñas desire to run full speed past third is a testimony to his confidence in possibly his most underrated tool.
Unlike Alec Bohm, Acuñan ensured he returned and touched house after missing out on the bag on his very first effort. No replay was required.
Ronald Acuña might use some aid from his Braves friends.
Entering Fridays game in Chicago, Acuña had actually accumulated a 1.7 fWAR, while the remainder of the Braves players had a combined -.2 fWAR. Thats, uh, not great consistency in the Braves lineup.