The Atlanta Braves are on their way to a special season.
They look dominant, and have great odds to finish with the best record in baseball.
A big part of their success comes from star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.
Barring a late surge by someone like Juan Soto or Luis Arraez, Acuna is the leading candidate to win the NL MVP award when all is said and done.
He is hitting well over .300, he has more than 50 stolen bases, he is on his way to a career-high in runs scored, and he hit his 25th home run of the year on Wednesday afternoon.
He is also on his way to finish with unprecedented power-speed numbers.
“Ronald Acuña Jr has the 12th 25+ HR, 50+ SB season in MLB history and first since 2007 Hanley Ramírez. Acuña reached the marks in 106 games played, the fewest of anyone on the list,” MLB stats guru Sarah Langs tweeted.
Ronald Acuña Jr has the 12th 25+ HR, 50+ SB season in MLB history and first since 2007 Hanley Ramírez
Acuña reached the marks in 106 games played, the fewest of anyone on the list https://t.co/aPteXvFF0u
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 2, 2023
Just eight players have a 25-homer, 50-steal season in the history of the game: Cesar Cedeno, Barry Bonds, Hanley Ramirez, Rickey Henderson, Ryne Sandberg, Joe Morgan, Eric Davis, and now Acuna.
Cedeno, Henderson, Morgan and Davis each did it twice, hence the 12 seasons Langs is referring to.
Let’s not lose sight of this, though: Acuna is very close to becoming just the third person to complete a 30-50 season, after Davis and Bonds did it in 1987 and 1990, respectively.
And, if that isn’t enough to impress you, he has a good chance of becoming baseball’s first 40-50 player.
In fact, 40-60 is well within reach.
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