The Atlanta Braves are the best team in the NL East so far, with a 29-18 record.
They hold a 4.5-game advantage over the second-place New York Mets.
The Braves have a deep and talented roster, but Ronald Acuna Jr. has been the main reason behind their dominance.
After a rather discrete season in 2022, the star outfielder is coming back with a bang.
He is hitting, as of Tuesday afternoon, a strong .342/.430/.598 with 11 home runs and 19 stolen bases.
Oh, he also has 46 runs in 47 games.
What’s really insane, however, are his projections for the season as a whole.
“UPDATED Acuña projected totals: .329, 39 HR, 95 RBI, 63 SB 10.6 bWAR. That would make him the first 30/60 player in MLB history (30+HR, 60+ SB). Also on pace for 155 runs. It’s been 93 years since anyone scored 155 times in a season,” @Fried_Baseball tweeted.
UPDATED Acuña projected totals:
.329, 39 HR, 95 RBI, 63 SB
That would make him the first 30/60 player in MLB history (30+HR, 60+ SB).
Also on pace for 155 runs. It's been 93 years since anyone scored 155 times in a season. pic.twitter.com/RNaWtsWjI1
— KC Covington (@Fried_Baseball) May 22, 2023
Those are some crazy projections.
Acuna is on pace to become the first ever 30-60 player.
Projections are one thing, but the fact they are there doesn’t necessarily mean the player will reach them.
They don’t account for slumps, injuries, suspensions, and other things: they just use the information about his performance to date.
If he somehow manages to finish with that 30-60 season, the NL MVP award will likely be his.
Those numbers would be extremely impressive.
Even if he “settles” for a 30-50 campaign, he would be making history: only Barry Bonds and Eric Davis have a season like that.
Acuna makes baseball exciting and entertaining, and is a joy to watch.
He plays hard, and most importantly, has game-changing power and speed.NEXT: Ronald Acuna Jr. Picked Up A Rare Type Of Stolen Base