The Atlanta Braves could move into first place in the National League East with a win Wednesday night against the New York Mets. They’ve won five of their last six games, and that success, in part, is due to their young players.
Atlanta has the three youngest players in Major League Baseball in their starting lineup, and they’re all hot right now.
Pitcher Mike Soroka, 20, gave up one run and six hits in six innings in his major league debut last Tuesday night against the Mets. The right-hander also stuck out five and had no walks in the 3-2 for the Braves.
Outfielder Ronald Acuna, 20, is hitting over .400 , and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies leads the league in doubles.
It’s been close to 40 years since a team started three players as young as 21. That was also the Braves, back in September 1978.
The Braves haven’t been this far on the good side of .500 since September 2014.