The reigning National League Rookie of the Year has had an incredible second year so far. He has consistently held a batting average around .290, and has destroyed some baseballs along his way.
This All Star could become only the fifth player in MLB history to join the elusive 40-40 Club. To join this club, a player must hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases within a single season. The only players to do so are Jose Canseco in 1988, Barry Bonds in 1996, Alex Rodriguez in 1998, and Alfonso Soriano in 2006. Acuña could very possibly be on his way to joining these elite ball players.
After the game early on Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, Ronald Acuña has 29 home runs and 26 stolen bases. He has 46 games left in the season to rack up 11 home runs and 14 stolen bases. Can the young phenom join one of the most elite clubs in all of baseball in only his second season?
The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent pitcher, Dallas Keuchel, to a one year, $13 million deal. Atlanta has been going after Keuchel for a few weeks now. It has been between them and the New York Yankees to see who would land him. The Braves won that duel and Dallas Keuchel will make his Triple A start in Gwinnett on Saturday. This will likely be his only start before being called up to Atlanta.
Keuchel is coming off of his 7th season with the Houston Astros. He had a 12-11 record last year with a 3.74 ERA. Keuchel is a two time all star and a World Series champion. He also won the 2015 American League Cy Young award winner. That year, he had 20-8 record with a 2.48 ERA. If Keuchel can even come close to returning to his former Cy Young self, he will improve the Braves rotation tremendously.
Austin Riley has been a top prospect for the Atlanta Braves for a couple of years now. He was drafted in 2015 with the 41st overall pick. He started with the Gulf Coast Braves but was quickly promoted to the Mississippi Braves. He dominated there and got promoted to the Gwinnett Stripers in May of last year. He started the 2019 season in Gwinnett on fire. In the first 37 games of the year, Riley’s batting average was at .299. He had already hit 15 home runs with an OPS of 1.057. Fans were starting to question why he hadn’t been called up yet. The answer was simple, Riley plays 3rd base, and Atlanta has former MVP, Josh Donaldson, in the hot corner. Riley eventually got his time as he was called up to Atlanta on May 15 to play left field due to Ender Inciarte being put on the injured list.
Austin Riley’s first career game was a home game against the St. Louis Cardinals. It didn’t take long for Riley to continue his dominance. After striking out his first at bat, Riley hit a 438 foot bomb to left-center field. Since, he has played four more games for Atlanta. He has had a total of 19 at bats. He has 8 hits, 2 of them being home runs, for a batting average of .421 and an OPS of 1.211. Riley has also scored 4 runs and knocked in 4 runs. Riley even has an Atlanta Braves record for the most hits in a players first four games with 8 hits. If Atlanta keeps him up, Riley could ride this wave until the end of the year. The Atlanta Braves could be looking at back-to-back rookie of the years.
The Atlanta Falcons were in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday as they faced off against the Jaguars in their third preseason game. The Falcons offense left fans in disappointment not scoring a touchdown during the contest. Falcons fell to the Jaguars 17-6. Falcons are now 0-3 during the preseason.
Matt Ryan didn’t look like himself only completing 5-12 of his passes for 57 yards. He was also sacked three times. Tevin Coleman was the leading rusher for the Falcons with 38 yards on 7 carries.
Don’t worry Atlanta. It’s the preseason.
Braves fall short in Miami
Miami Marlins knocked off the Braves on Saturday pushing the four game series to a, 2-1 Miami lead. A two-run home-run by the Marlins in the 7th inning was too much for the Braves as they were shutout until the 9th inning. Miami won 3-1.
Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez received the loss in the matchup moving his record to 6-5.
It’s playoff time in the WNBA and the Atlanta Dream look to keep their hot streak alive in the semifinals in game 1 against the Washington Mystics. Dream and Mystics will tip-off at 3pm on Sunday
Braves look for revenge
Braves will be in Miami again Sunday to finish up the series with the Marlins. Game will start at 1pm. Braves will start Kevin Gausman (3-1) and Marlins start Pablo Lopez (2-3).
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That’s right folks, Touki Time is coming to Atlanta finally! He will be taking the mound at 1:30 against the Marlins, Monday afternoon, the first game a of a double-header.
This is a day I’ve been waiting for since seeing him pitch for Rome in 2016. Touki Toussaint is an electrifying pitcher who has starter material in him. He has improved every year as a pitcher and has well-earned a spot on the Braves major league roster.
Toussaint started 26 games in 2017 including both high-A ball in Florida and Double-A ball in Mississippi, posting a 4.53 ERA. The ERA is decent, nothing too impressive, however, he only gave up 11 homers while striking out 167 batters.
He got the call up to Triple A (Gwinnett) early in the 2018 season going 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in 5 starts. In those 5 starts, he only walked 13 batters and struck out 32.
He’s never been a top 5 prospect for Atlanta, or really top 10 for that matter. However, he really has come into his own this season and has starter potential written all over him! Remember folks, it’s Touki Time in Atlanta!!!
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Teherán Helps Himself Get The Win With A Solo Shot
With the Braves down 3-0 to the Mets last night, everyone thought it would be another game where Julio Teherán struggled and would get the loss. That however all changed with a 5th inning solo homer hit by….that’s right Julio himself, his first career homer in. It was a beautiful swing and the ball carried to deep left field over the wall.
The Braves fought back thanks to an Inciarte homer in the 7th and an Acuña RBI in the top of the 9th, but the Mets rallied in the 9th to tie the game at 4-4. Nick Markakis then stepped up to the plate, and does what he does best in clutch situations. Another extra base hit, this time being a solo homer, and also being the game winner.
Braves won the game 5-4 and took three out of 4 games from the Mets in New York. The Braves have now won five of their last six games and will travel to Washington for a four game sees against the Nationals, including a double-header on Tuesday.
Atlanta Dream Remain Atop In The East
The Atlanta Dream are red-hot right now winning 11 of their last 13 games, and holding down 1st place in the East at 18-10, tying their best record in franchise history through 28 games.
Last night they beat Maya Moore and the Lynx 86-66 in Minnesota. Tiffany Hayes contributed with 28 points, and Angel McCoughtry had 11 points with 8 rebounds. Bentley also gave the Dream 19 points off the bench.
It’s a good time to be on the Atlanta Dream right now, as they sit 1.5 games ahead of Washington with 6 games to go in the season. The Hawks, Braves, Falcons, and United are very exciting to watch, but the Dream are catching many eyes of basketball fans around the country.
Aces vs Dream- August 7th
Braves vs Nationals (double-header)- August 7th
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