Leadoff: Take a look at the crazy numbers Ronald Acuna is putting up

Braves phenom Ronald Acuna is putting up big numbers so fast that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. So here’s a summary: 

4: That’s how many players in MLB history have led off both games of a doubleheader with a home run – Harry Hooper (May 30, 1913), Rickey Henderson (July 5, 1993), Brady Anderson (Aug. 21, 1999) and Acuna (Monday).  Hooper and Henderson are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

10: That’s how many home runs Acuna has hit since moving to the top of the Braves’ batting order 23 games ago. He has hit four leading off a game.

4: That is the number of consecutive games (through Monday) in which the 20-year-old Acuna has hit a home run, making him the youngest player in MLB history to homer in four consecutive games. 

6: That’s how many home runs Acuna has hit in the Braves’ past seven games. 

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3: That’s how many Braves players over the past 110 seasons have hit 15 career home runs before age 21 – Andruw Jones (26), Eddie Mathews (25) and Acuna (17 and counting). Acuna doesn’t turn 21 until December. 

5-for-8, 5 RBI, 5 runs, 2 HR, 2 walks, 1 double, 1 stolen base: Those are Acuna’s box-score totals from Monday’s doubleheader sweep of the lowly Miami Marlins. 

11: That’s how many points Acuna raised his batting average for the season Monday, from .271 at the start of Game 1 to .282 at the end of Game 2. 

.344: That is Acuna’s batting average (31-for-90) since becoming the Braves’ leadoff hitter immediately after the All-Star break. 

(Sources: Elias Sports Bureau, Baseball Reference, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Braves. All statistics are through Monday’s games.)

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TODAY’S LEADOFF LINKS

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