Outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. (26), who led the Atlanta Braves to the National League (NL) East division championship for six consecutive years, hit multiple home runs and even added a stolen base. With 39 home runs and 67 stolen bases, he is the first player in the major leagues to hit 40-70.
Acuña started as the number one hitter and right fielder in the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Philadelphia Phillies held at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia on the 20th (Korean time), and played with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 2 RBIs, and 3 runs, leading Atlanta’s 9-0. 3 Led to victory.
From the first at-bat in the first inning, Philadelphia’s left-handed starting pitcher Christopher Sanchez opened the game with a leadoff home run. He pulled the sinker 93.5 miles (150.5 km) from the body of the first pitch and went over the left field fence. 38th home run of the season. In the 5th inning, he hit a hit to right and then succeeded in stealing second base when Aji Albis was at bat. 67th stolen base of the season. Then, a single by Albies and consecutive walks by Austin Riley and Matt Olson led to a run scored. 토토사이트
He hit a home run again in the 6th inning as the leadoff hitter. He hit right-hander Yuni Marte’s 87.8 mile (141.3 km) slider outside the third pitch and went over the center wall. It was a bullet-like home run with an exit speed of 109.1 miles (175.6 km). The 39th gun of the season.
Until this day, Acuña has recorded a batting average of .3388 (205 hits in 606 at-bats) in 149 games this season, 39 home runs, 100 RBI, 138 runs, 78 walks, 78 strikeouts, 67 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .418, a slugging percentage of .596, and an OPS of 1.014. He ranks first in the NL in hits, runs, stolen bases, on-base percentage, and OPS, second in slugging percentage, fourth in home runs and RBI, and seventh in walks.
Mookie Betts of the LA Dodgers was a competitor, but while his batting pace has slowed in September, Acuña is running away. Betts, who had 3 hits and a hard hit in the game against the Detroit Tigers on this day, is doing well with a batting average of .311 (170 hits in 547 at-bats) in 141 games, 39 home runs, 103 RBIs, 123 runs, and an OPS of 1.006, but he is slightly behind Acuña in almost all indicators.
If Acuña adds one home run and three stolen bases in the remaining 11 games of the season, becoming the first player in the major leagues to reach 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases, the MVP title is also confirmed. At his current pace, he can achieve both 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases. There are 12 games left for Betts, but it seems difficult to surpass the 40-70 impact.
The players who achieved 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in Major League history are Jose Canseco in 1988 (42 home runs, 40 stolen bases), Barry Bonds in 1996 (42 home runs, 40 stolen bases), Alex Rodriguez in 1998 (42 home runs, 46 stolen bases), and Alfonso Soriano in 2006. (46 home runs, 41 stolen bases). None of them have more than 50 stolen bases, but Acuña already has 67 steals. If he achieves 40 home runs, he will not only become the 5th player in history to achieve 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases, but he will also become the first player to achieve 40 home runs and 60 stolen bases, and furthermore, a new history will be written with 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases.
According to The Athletic, Atlanta starting pitcher Spacer Strider, who won his 18th win of the season, said, “I’ve said it before, but Acuña is the most talented player on the planet. “He does something special every day,” he said. “Who knows what else he will do in the future of his career. “I’m sure this year will look like a normal year,” he said.
Atlanta legend third baseman Chipper Jones also said, “Acuña is very special. He can hit a home run and steal 3-4 bases if he wants to. I have never seen a player like this before. “He should have the MVP trophy sent home right away.” Acuña said, “He is just thankful to heaven that he can play healthy. Health is my most important goal. “I have to be healthy to be able to do what I’m doing,” he said.