Acuna, Braves Stay Hot As Rookie Sets Records

Jonathan Grant | August 15th, 2018

The Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball, and they have been for some time now. Juan Soto is the rookie that everyone has been talking about. Both those things combined have taken the national headlines, and they have done so at the expense of Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuna, Jr. and his team. The Braves are one of the hottest teams in the entirety of baseball right now, and the second hottest in the National League. And much of that has to do with the Venezuelan star.

The 19 year old burst on to the scene back in May, and has been making a name for him since. After a scary injured that was sustained against the Boston Red Sox, he was out for a few weeks. He came back and the team was in a state of flux. They weren’t getting much out of their leadoff hitter, and manager Brian Snitker wisely decided to make a change to the lineup in order to not only kickstart his team but also his left field rookie.

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Since Acuna, Jr. was given duties as the first hitter, the Braves have been on a tear, and so has he. On Tuesday night, the 20 year old made history in multiple ways. For the third straight game, he began the game with a leadoff home run. This propelled the Braves to a 10-6 win over the Miami Marlins, and their third straight over them in the past two days. On top of that fact, Acuna has now hit a home run in each of his last five games.

He is the youngest player in history to achieve that, and given the way he is playing right now, it would not be a shock to see him continue that when he plays next. He now has 12 home runs in 24 games since being moved to the top of the lineup. On top of that, he has hit .358 in that period with 24 RBIs. That is just the sort of production that had been needed by the Braves, and it has once again helped see them regain their place at the top of the NL East by two games currently over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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