MLB Stock Up, Stock Down: Angels, Braves, De La Cruz and All-Star Game

Jun 18, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) celebrates with designated hitter Matt McLain (9) after the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) celebrates with designated hitter Matt McLain (9) after the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Atlanta Braves
Jun 12, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) hits a two RBI double in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Stock Up: Acuna, Jr. joins elite company as Braves continue to roll along

The Atlanta Braves have been separating themselves from the rest of the pack in the majors by winning 18 of their last 20 games. They have been getting contributions from up and down the lineup, as well as their starters and relievers.

Out of all the contributions they have got this season, Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to bolster his case for National League MVP. He’s slashing .337/.414./594 and has an OPS of 1.008. He has 21 home runs, 24 doubles, and 54 RBI for the 58-28 Braves. Tuesday, Atlanta dropped a 6-5 decision to the Cleveland Guardians, but Acuna Jr. managed to set a modern streak era.

He stole his 41st base of the season off of Shane Bieber and it was the 13th straight game where he either had a home run or stolen base in the game. The Braves have been the most consistent team all season long since the season started, but Acuna Jr. at the top of the order has set them apart from everyone else … for now. His defense has been at an elite level too.

Atlanta faces a very interesting final series before the All-Star break when they play three against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in a matchup of the two best teams in each league. Depending on how the series goes, it’s a safe bet the Acuna Jr. will have a say at least a couple of times this weekend.

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