Acuna needs to jump-start Braves offense vs. Cards

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
October 01, 2019 - 7:16 am
Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr.

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The Atlanta Braves are entering the NLDS coming off the losing end a sweep at the hand of the Mets in New York. They won just one of their final six games.

Part of the slow finish to the season has been the injury bug, which bit both Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr.

John Fricke and Hugh Douglas discuss the NLDS and which guy returning from injury is the key to the Braves offense showing up against the Cardinals.

"How healthy is Ronald Acuña Jr. going to be?" questions Hugh Douglas. "We haven't had a whole lot of conversation about it, but leadoff hitter is the guy I'm concerned about because it's obvious when he's not in the lineup things are a little bit different."

"They were 18-20 in May," notices John Fricke. "Finally Snitker put him back to the leadoff spot and that's when the team finally took off."

John Fricke continues to discuss how Acuña changes the game from the first pitch on.

"He is the real table-setter because what he does at the top of the lineup is he affects the way you pitch from the jump," said Fricke. "You have to pitch around the first guy in the lineup."