Ronald Acuña Jr. (26, Atlanta Braves) tears up the ball.
Acuña Jr. started as the first hitter and right fielder in the ‘2023 Major League’ match against the LA Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 3rd (Korean time).
On this day, Acuña Jr. recorded 1 hit (1 home run), 1 RBI, and 1 run in 5 at-bats, laying the foundation for a 4-2 victory. The highlight was the top of the third inning. With one out and the ball count 3-0, he did not miss opposing starter Emmett Sheehan’s four-seam fastball and hit a solo shot that went over the wall in the middle of the field. The batted ball flew 454 feet (about 138 m) at a speed of 121.2 miles per hour (about 195 km) and at a launch angle of 19 degrees.메이저놀이터
According to the Major League Baseball’s official website ‘MLB.com’, Acuña Jr.’s home run was the third-strongest ever since Statcast officially started counting it in 2015. At the same time, it is the strongest hit this season.
Acuña is bombing the opponent’s mound in the four-game away game against the Dodgers that began on the 31st of last month. With Game 3 of the series now underway, he is batting .462 (6-for-13) with 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 4 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. In the first game, he recorded the first record of 30 (home runs) and 60 (stealing bases) in major league history, establishing himself as the best hitter in the league.
As Atlanta ranks first in winning percentage in the National League and the Dodgers rank second in winning percentage, their lineup is comprised of the best players, including Acuña Jr., Matt Olson (Atlanta), Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman (hereinafter referred to as Dodgers). There is so much anticipation that he is considered a candidate for the National League MVP award.
Coincidentally, the two teams faced off against each other, making indirect comparisons between MVP candidates possible, and Acuña Jr. showed the most outstanding performance, moving one step closer to winning his first MVP award.
Acuña Jr. played in 135 games this year and is recording a batting average of 0.337 (184 hits in 546 at-bats), 32 home runs, 85 RBIs, 63 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.001. His batting average is ranked 4th in the league, tied for 9th in home runs, 1st in stolen bases, and 4th in OPS.
With the win on this day, the team was also named as the team that reached 90 wins for the first time in the season. With a season record of 90 wins and 45 losses, they are aiming to win the World Series for the first time in two years. The 2023 season is shaping up to be a fantastic memory for both teams and individuals.
After the game, Acuña Jr. said in an interview with MLB.com, “I never imagined I would hit the ball that fast. I hit it hard. I’m really happy with the success I’ve had this season. I think I achieved an important moment. I’m really happy.” “It’s a good season. Fortunately, we were able to win today (the 3rd), and we will continue to move forward,” he said.