The Atlanta Braves took Game 1 of Tuesday’s National League Division Series with the Marlins, and the matchup quickly showed potential for fireworks between the two teams.
In the at-bat following his leadoff home run (which he admired and tossed his bat), Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. was hit by a Sandy Alcantara 98 mph fastball.
Acuña was understandably upset after Alcantara hit him even if the situation pointed to it being unintentional (a playoff game with Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna due up). However, the Marlins have repeatedly hit Acuña with pitches basically because Acuña hits too many home runs against them. And after getting hit, Acuña took his time walking to first and made a few steps towards the mound.
Alcantara said after the game that he was ready to fight the Braves star if Acuña was wanting a fight.
Thankfully, tensions didn’t escalate beyond that Acuña staredown, but the Braves will almost certainly take notice to those comments from the Marlins starter.
Acuña, who hasn’t been known to talk trash on social media until this postseason, took a couple shots at the Marlins in separate Instagram and Twitter posts.
We should keep an eye on how both teams respond in Wednesday’s Game 2. It could get very interesting.