Ronald Acuna may have a bigger impact than we all realized. How will he fare now that he has returned to the lineup?
During the month that Ronald Acuna was on the disabled list, the Braves went just 14-13, improving their record by just one game. This was against teams that were predominantly under-.500. The one exception during this 27 game stretch was a 3-game series against the division-rival, the Washington Nationals.
The offense, at times, seemed non-existent. Some games were blown due to the poor bullpen effort, but the Braves have gone 3-0 since Acuna’s return, sweeping a series against a good Cardinals tea, scoring 22 runs in those 3 games. Acuna had 4 H, 1 BB, 4 R and 2 RBIs during that 3 game stretch, including a mammoth HR to open the scoring in game 2, where the Braves scored 11 runs.
Previous to his DL stint, the Braves were 20-12 with him on the roster. Including his return from the DL, the Braves are currently 22-11 with Ronald Acuna on the team and 26-23 without him. Now, those splits aren’t a dramatic difference, but they are definitely there.
The factors we cannot calculate are found in the clubhouse. Acuna hustles on every play (that’s how he hurt himself in the first place) and that effort will not go unnoticed. He gives the team energy that not many players can replicate. The bromance between him, Ozzie and Dansby is a whole different thing, but that adds energy to the team as well.
Ronald Acuna is back, and hopefully, he is here for the rest of the season. Who knows, he may even pull out an all-star game if he gets lucky!
Andrew Carter| @AndrewC_Braves
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