Ronald Acuna Clearcut NL MVP Favourite Two Weeks Into 2021 Season
Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. watches his solo residence run in entrance of Washington Nationals catcher Jonathan Lucroy within the third inning of a gap day baseball recreation at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photograph/Alex Brandon)
- Prior to now week, the typical odds of Atlanta Braves proper fielder Ronald Acuna Jr profitable the NL MVP shortened from +800 to +567
- FanDuel is providing a betting line on Acuna as quick at +550
- He’s completed within the high 12 of NL MVP voting in every of his three MLB seasons
It hasn’t been a terrific begin to the MLB season for the 4-5 Atlanta Braves, however nobody can pin the blame for that sluggish starting on Ronald Acuna Jr. The Braves proper fielder, off to a torrid begin, is the overwhelming early favourite to win the Nationwide League MVP Award.
At +567, on common, Acuna not solely is the early betting alternative within the NL MVP odds, however his line has shortened dramatically. He was third on this betting market when the season acquired underway at +800.
2021 NL MVP Odds
|Ronald Acuna Jr (Braves)||+550|
|Juan Soto (Nationals)||+750|
|Mookie Betts (Dodgers)||+750|
|Corey Seager (Dodgers)||+1200|
|Francisco Lindor (Mets)||+1200|
|Bryce Harper (Phillies)||+1500|
|Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)||+1500|
|Luis Castillo (Reds)||+1500|
|Freddie Freeman (Braves)||+1500|
|Nolan Arenado (Cardinals)||+1700|
|Christian Yelich (Brewers)||+1800|
|Manny Machado (Padres)||+2500|
Odds as of April twelfth at FanDuel.
Acuna on a Tear
Acuna’s title is everywhere in the leaderboard among the many NL offensive classes. He’s the present chief in 10 classes and charges among the many high 5 in 5 different departments.
Acuna is #1 in hits (16), extra-base hits (9), complete bases (33), slugging (.917), OPS (1.378), OPS+ (267), place participant WAR (1.0), offensive WAR (0.9), runs created (16), and offensive profitable share (.933). He’s second within the league in batting common (.444) and doubles (5) and third in residence runs (4).
Ronald Acuña Jr. simply beat out a routine floor ball to quick. pic.twitter.com/QEm9O1Thfx
— Baseball GIFs (@gifs_baseball) April 11, 2021
One of many keys for Acuna’s sizzling begin is that he’s once more a wholesome specimen. Early final August, Acuna was bothered by left wrist irritation and was positioned on the injured record. He returned to motion on August twenty sixth, however batted simply .245 the remainder of the common season.
Nonetheless bothered by lingering discomfort in his wrist, Acuna struggled via the postseason. He hit a paltry .217 with one residence run as Atlanta misplaced within the NLCS to the eventual World Collection champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Challengers Slip Sliding Away
Whereas Acuna’s numbers are on fireplace and his MVP betting line is bettering by leaps and bounds, different contenders are discovering the early going of the baseball season to be powerful sledding.
Each Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals (+733) and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers (+750) had been rated forward of Acuna within the MVP betting line on the outset of the season. He’s surged previous each of those stars.
Cody Bellinger exits the sport after this play at first base pic.twitter.com/HQLQ7s7QCK
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) April 6, 2021
The typical odds on Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers are in free fall. He’s pale from +967 to +1267. Bellinger was batting simply .211 via 4 video games this season when he was positioned on the IL with a calf contusion.
Braves Are Selecting Up the Tempo
Acuna was on fireplace all through Atlanta’s weekend sequence with the Philadelphia Phillies. He loved three successive multi-hit video games, together with a 4-for-5 efficiency on Friday and a 3-for-4 effort on Sunday. He’s at the moment slashing at a .444/.462/.917 tempo with 4 homers, eight RBI and a pair of stolen bases via 9 video games.
Ronald Acuña Jr’s final 162 video games
107 RBI*, 147 runs scored
*batting primarily leadoff!
92 BB, 209 Okay
.279 batting avg
.376 OBP %
42/50 stolen bases@Braves 100-62
— Excessive Warmth Stats (@HighHeatStats) April 12, 2021
Maybe extra importantly, the Braves received two of three from the Phillies to maneuver inside a recreation of .500 baseball following a dismal 0-4 begin. If Atlanta wins a 3rd straight NL East title and Acuna continues to be a dominant pressure, the MVP is there for this five-tool star to scoop up.
Acuna completed twelfth in NL balloting final season and in 2018. He was fifth within the voting in 2019. Simply 23, if each Acuna and the Braves maintain it rolling, he’s undoubtedly a frontrunner for the 2021 MVP.
An trade veteran, Bob actually taught the course on the historical past of sports activities at Elder Faculty. He has labored as a Sports activities Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a visitor on a number of radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For Worldwide Hockey Analysis in Ontario, and written 25 books.