With Ozzie Albies missing with a broken ankle that will see him miss at least two months, the Braves have found a replacement on their very front; at least immediately, in the figure of the Venezuelan Orlando Arcia, who has grown in the face of the challenge of covering the loss of a player of the caliber of the Curaçao.
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Likewise, the Braves are an organization that has been in these situations before and have known how to reinvent themselves to be successful, an example of this was the season when they made up for the casualties of Ronald Acuña and Marcell Ozuna, bringing players in changes that took them to achieving the World Series.
However, at the moment they have Orlando Arcia; who has done a good job, because last Monday he hit his second hit of the season to leave him on the field 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants, adding the Tomahawks' 39th win and 16th in the team's last 18 games.
Production from second base has improved
Meanwhile, since June 13, the day of Albies' injury; Arcia has a .429 average (21-for-9) with doubles, two homers, five RBIs, three runs, .458 on-base percentage, 1.220 OPS and .412 BABIP
However, up to the date of Albies' injury, the Braves had combined to post a .255 batting average from second base with 18.8% and 6.9% strikeout and walk rates, respectively, and a .721 OPS; the ninth best in the Major Leagues, while in the last seven days they register the second best OPS in all of baseball (.971), only behind the Padres (1.161).
It's obviously too early to see how much Arcia's presence can contribute to production from second base, it also remains to be seen if the Braves will bolster that position before Albies returns, and even more so if it takes longer than expected to return to the team. .
But for now, Orlando Arcia has left good numbers at second base, as he exhibits a line of .375/.407/.667/1.074 with nine hits in 24 times at bat. Similarly, the native of Anaco has an average this season of .338 (68-for-23) with five doubles, three homers, seven runs scored, 13 brought to the plate, OBP of .397, OPS of .942 and OPS+ of 157 .