It’s just a crazy pace. Ronald Acuña Jr. (26, Atlanta Braves) added home runs and stolen bases the day after setting the first major league record of “30 Home Run-60 Stealing,” properly igniting the National League MVP race.
Acuña Jr. started as the first hitter and center fielder in an away game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on the 2nd (Korea Standard Time) and recorded two hits in four at-bats (one homer) with one RBI, two runs scored, one walk and one stolen base. At the same time, the season’s batting average went up from 0.337 to 0.338, and the OPS (on-base plus slugging) finally entered 1.000 from 0.993.
Acuña Jr., who has already made the MVP race a point with a grand slam the previous day (1st). With this grand slam, Acuña Jr. recorded his 66th career home run-30 stolen base in Major League Baseball history. In addition, for the first time in the Major League, there were only players who recorded 30 home runs and more than 50 steals at the same time. They were Eric Davis (then Cincinnati Reds, 37 home runs-50 steals) in 1987 and Barry Bonds (then Pittsburgh Pirates, 33 home runs-52 steals) in 1990.
It was the same day. Acuña Jr., who got on base with a walk in the first inning, hit the first pitch of LA Dodgers starter Julio Urías in the third inning and hit a solo shot over the middle wall. The 31st shot of the season, with a batting speed of 110.7 mph (about 178.2 km) and a flying distance of 418 feet (about 127 m).
In the fifth inning, he reported a multi-hit with a left-handed double. Acuña Jr., who advanced to second base on Ozzy Albies’ hit, immediately stole third base. 63rd stolen base of the season. When Austin Riley hit a timely double, he stepped home and scored 122 points. The team failed to produce a result after that, but it was enough to lead Atlanta to a 6-3 victory. 스포츠토토
Acuña’s strong performance for two consecutive days was even more prominent in front of MVP rival Mookie Betts (31, LA Dodgers). Betts also started as the first batter and right fielder on the day, but he remained silent with no hits in three at-bats and one strikeout. Betts’ batting average for the season was 0.317 to 0.315 and OPS was 1.033 to 1.028.
Major League Baseball’s official website MLB.com noted the competition between Acuña Jr. and Betts for MVP. MLB.com introduced Acuña Jr. and Betts’ classic stat and sabermatrix stat side by side, saying, “Two people who show great performance throughout the season, who is your NL MVP?”
Acuña Jr.’s record, which reflects the game on the 2nd, has a batting average of 0.338 (183 hits in 541 at-bats), 31 home runs, 84 RBIs, 122 runs, 63 steals, and a on-base percentage of 0.420 OPS of 1.000. Betts had a batting average of 0.315 in 128 games, 38 home runs, 98 RBIs, 116 runs and 10 steals, and an on-base percentage of 0.409 slugging percentage of 0.619 OPS 1.028.
Acuña Jr. is far ahead in classical stats. Acuña Jr. ranks first in scoring, hitting, stealing and on-base percentage, third in home runs, 10th in RBIs, third in batting average, third in slugging percentage, second in OPS, fourth in hits, third in home runs, second in RBIs, fifth in on-base percentage, and third in on-base percentage.
Betts has the upper hand in sabermatrix stats. Betts scored 7.8 and Acuña Jr. 6.9 in the WAR (contribution to victory over replacement) based on Baseball Reference, an American baseball statistics site. Fangraph WAR leads Betts with 7.7 and Acuña Jr with 7.0. In wRC+ (adjusted scoring productivity), Betts is 176 and Acuña Jr. is 169.