2. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
The NL East wasn’t the same without Ronald Acuña Jr., who tore his ACL right before the All-Star break.
However, his absence made life easier for the Phillies; he’s hit .317/.410/.561 with a .971 OPS in 51 career games against them. His 60 hits include 13 doubles and 11 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 33 RBI. He’s also 9-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
Against their current pitching staff, he has a lifetime .295/.441/.727 batting line and 1.168 OPS in 95 at-bats.
Acuña hits Aaron Nola especially hard; in 29 at-bats against him, he’s hit a preposterous .379/.500/.793 with a 1.293 OPS, three doubles, and three home runs. Nola has walked him seven times, and struck him out nine times.
Zack Wheeler has fared slightly better; Acuña is *only* hitting .286/.310/.714 against him with a 1.025 OPS, but again, three doubles and three home runs. The key difference? Wheeler has only walked Acuña once in 28 at-bats.