This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
The drama in the AL is over, but as I write this, only one NL team has officially clinched a playoff spot (the Braves). Either the Cubs or Brewers is surely going to win the Central, and either the Dodgers or Rockies the West, but it's looking like one of the Dodgers, Rockies or Cardinals will fall short of the playoffs, perhaps with 89-90 wins. At least we have some drama, and the fan in me hopes for a four-way tie come Sunday. I thought I'd wrap up my final column with some story lines I really enjoyed this year and others that weren't so enjoyable.
I can't recall a more exciting rookie duo to break onto the scene around the same time in recent years, or even decades. First the numbers:
Acuna: 466 PA, .289/.365/.558, 26 HR, 15 SB, 9.7 BB percentage, 25.3 K percentage
Soto: 477 PA, .293/.405/.513, 21 HR, 5 SB, 15.9 BB percentage, 20.5 K percentage
Debate who's better all you want. Both have been below average defensively, but that should improve in time. Acuna looks to be a more dynamic player with a bit more power, and he's much more of a threat on the base paths. Soto, meanwhile, is the more disciplined hitter who at 19, could easily grow into 35-homer power, though he'll likely never be much of a SB threat.
Both of these guys already have me wondering what sort of contract they