Ronald Acuna continues to sizzle for the Braves, homering for third consecutive game on Monday. This also marked three homers in eight at-bats for Acuna dating back to Saturday, meaning the Atlanta leadoff man is heating up at the perfect time.
One debate that has raged this offseason has been the comparison between Acuna, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis, Jr. Any of those three players would be an outstanding building block for the future, and the Braves are obviously thrilled to have Acuna. Following his outstanding 2019 campaign, in which Acuna flirted with 40-40, there is once again talk that the phenom could approach those milestones again.
In addition to another homer from Acuna, the Braves got some timely hitting from the rest of the lineup to push across five runs. Bryse Wilson started the game and pitched well, along with the entire Atlanta staff that pitched on Monday.
Riley was abruptly scratched from the lineup on Monday, which led to some speculation before the club announced that their young third basemen had passed COVID protocols and would return on Wednesday.
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