It may sound crazy, but Ronald Acuña Jr. He threatens to have the second best campaign of a compatriot in the majors, after the triple crown obtained by Miguel Cabrera in 2012.
Many will cite the batting crowns, home runs, scams, golden gloves and RBIs, distributed among Magglio Ordóñez, José Altuve, Andrés Galarraga and Luis Aparicio.
However, what the native of La Sabana, La Guaira state, is doing is so impressive that many consider him a favorite among the MLB press, to win the National League MVP... and in a comfortable way.
From the start, the nicknamed “El Abusador” plans to finish the regular round with 73 stolen and 147 scored (and in both as líder). If he does so, he will join the legendary Ty Cobb, who is the only one who has put those numbers in the so-called modern era (starting in 1900), according to data from the Elias Sports Bureau.
In 1911, the Hall of Famer scored 148 times, while stealing 83 bases, both tops that year.
Another piece of information from this specialized page is that Ronald will try to become the fifth player in the last five decades in the majors with at least 10% of his club's home runs and 50% of steals. He currently owns 13,1% (37) in home runs and a comfortable 56,4% (66) in steals. The last one to do so in the National League was Tim Raines, another member of Cooperstown, in 1983 and with the defunct Montreal Expos.
Other numbers that underpin the super season he is experiencing is that he is three trailers away from a hundred, which will make him the seventh player in the last 20 years with a harvest that combines 100 produced or more with at least 130 scored, being the first to do so. He has been in the National since 2017, when Charlie Blackmon got it with the Colorado Rockies.
Already with 200 hits, he is the sixth Venezuelan to achieve this: José Altuve (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Magglio Ordóñez (2016), Miguel Cabrera (2012), César Tovar (1971) and Ender Inciarte (2017).
He is also the last from Atlanta to arrive since 2017, when he achieved 201 Inciarte. Incidentally, he leads the majors with 65 crashes with multiple firecrackers.
Since he did not play in Saturday's game due to stiffness in his right calf, he follows a steal of 67, thus leaving behind Roger Cedeño (66 in 1999 with the New York Mets), as the top Venezuelan scammers during a tournament. in the MLB.
When he hits the three remaining shots he will be the fourth 40-40 player, but the first with 40-50, 40-60 and, most likely, the only 40-70. For these reasons and more, it is the second best lifetime campaign among Venezuelans.