This is the kind of campaign that Atlanta Braves fans had been hoping to see out of star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. Seriously, whenever he takes the field for the Braves, you can expect the youngster to be brilliant.
That's exactly what we've seen with the MLB All-Star break right around the corner. On Tuesday, July 4, the Atlanta sensation made some MLB history, posting either a home run or stolen base for the 13th consecutive game.
That's something no one else in the modern era has been able to get done. Goodness, this is unreal from Ronald!
Today marks the 13th consecutive game that Ronald Acuña Jr. of the @Braves has either hit a home run or stolen a base.— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) July 5, 2023
That's the longest streak by any MLB player in the modern era, surpassing the 12 straight by Oakland's Bert Campaneris in 1969 (entirely on stolen bases). pic.twitter.com/Rc56LaNTak
Ronald Acuña Jr. keeps on making history for the Braves
Not only is that stat impressive, but Acuña really has been raking through the first half of the year. As of this writing, he holds a .337 batting average (second in the bigs), while posting 21 homers and 54 RBI.
The stud is a big reason why the Braves have seen their World Series odds skyrocket in recent weeks. Atlanta is at the top of the NL East standings with its 57-28 record, a clean eight games ahead of the second-place Marlins.
Per the oddsmakers, Atlanta holds the No. 1 odds to win the World Series, with the Rays, Dodgers, Rangers, Astros and Yankees all behind them. Don't forget that Atlanta shocked the planet by winning the World Series in 2021.
That year, they went on a surprising run and took down the Houston Astros to capture the glory. Unfortunately for Acuña, he was unable help the team go on that memorable run, as he suffered a torn ACL earlier in the year.
Now, though, he's not only back to full health, but he's recording unreal numbers for this team. Fans are dreaming of the Braves winning their second World Series title in the past three years.
If that happens, then Acuña will 100 percent take home NL MVP honors. Heck, we think he deserves it even if ATL doesn't get the job done.