Monday was a much-needed day off for the Braves, especially Ronald Acuña. The presumptive MVP favorite in the National League left the game early on Sunday in Chicago after experiencing pain in his abdomen. With bated breath, fans awaited a verdict on whether the outfielder would require an IL stint to recover, and were pleased to find out on Monday that Acuña will be day-to-day instead. He could certainly rest for a couple games, but this diagnosis is far better than some that were being considered on Sunday night. Keeping Acuña in the lineup in the midst of his incredible hot streak is obviously huge news and the Braves will almost certainly be better for it.
Great, great news for the Braves.
In addition to being diagnosed with a day-to-day strain, Acuña was named NL Player of the Week on Monday as well. He was outstanding last week:
Between April 12 and April 18, Acuña put up a .385/.515/.846 line in 33 PAs, good for a 248 wRC+ and 0.7 fWAR. He dingered thrice and had the most fWAR in that span, tied with Jazz Chisholm.
Mark Bradley looks at which Braves are under- or overperforming to this point.
It’s a good thing nobody cares about batting average; otherwise we’d be a bit concerned. Ronald Acuna leads the National League in Triple Crown numbers: He’s hitting .417 with seven homers and 16 RBIs. Only one other everyday Brave has as many as 10 RBIs, and that’s Freddie Freeman. Among the usual starting eight, only Acuna is hitting — pause for effect — above .232. The NL average is .233.
Jazz has burst onto the scene, playing every note just right so far in his young career.
The Twins can play baseball again!