"Overswinging can at times cause strikeout problems, but Acuna has the natural hand-eye coordination to still make contact an impressive amount and has shown to be adept at adjusting during the season, during games, and during at bats".
Acuna became the youngest player in the major leagues on Wednesday at 20 years, 128 days, and went 1-for-5 in his debut.
With the Braves in the midst of a 10-game road trip, the soonest Atlanta fans can see their new prized possession at home is Friday, May 4 against the Giants. The Braves rallied with single runs in the eighth and ninth off Reds reliever Kevin Shackelford to win 5-4. The 28-year old slugger has notched five RBI's in his last six games, and he features a solid.306 average with four homers and 17 RBI's on the season.
Acuna and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies are the two youngest players on Major League Baseball rosters as of April 25. The Braves likely stashed him at Triple A for as long as they did for service-time purposes, so Acuna will now be eligible for free agency after the 2024 season instead of 2023.
The Braves tied the game at 4 in the eighth against Shackelford.
Acuna has a great arm (and glove) in left field, giving the Braves three great fielding outfielders. Teheran came through with a gem in his previous start, firing seven shutout innings against the Mets, finishing with the no decision in a game the Braves won. If we change to 15 apiece of home runs and stolen bases, we find 53 rookies in the history of the game who have accomplished the feat. Freddie Freeman added three doubles while Ender Inciarte, Ryan Flaherty and starting pitcher Sean Newcomb added base hits of their own to finish off the offense for Atlanta in the victory. He allowed five hits and walked five yet didn't surrender a run.
The Atlanta Braves will look to build some steam after salvaging a series split with Cincinnati, including taking down the Reds by a final score of 7-4 in the series finale on Thursday. I think the safer play is to take the under, rather than trying to figure out who will win this pitchers' duel.
"I just kind of react to the situation", Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.