Kevin Gausman

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Kevin Gausman is a Bright Spot in a Down Year

May 11, 2018 - 3:00 pm

The pressure is on Kevin Gausman to develop consistency in the 2018 season.  In his sixth season of major league baseball, Gausman is no longer a prospect at age 27.  He has had flashes of success throughout his career, but has never been able to sustain it throughout an entire season.

He is known as a second half pitcher and has struggled mightily in April.  Last season, Gausman had a 7.50 ERA with a WHIP close to 2 and gave up six homers.  His first outing of 2018 gave flashbacks to last year.

Gausman’s first pitch of the year led to a home run by Brian Dozier.  He proceeded to allow two more homers on the day and give up six earned runs in four innings of work.  Fans were ready to give up on him, but he responded against adversity.

He has posted quality starts in four of his last six outings and his numbers have been fantastic.  Gausman has a 2.27 ERA and opponents are batting .211 against him in that span.  He had his best start of his career last time out.

Gausman went nine innings for the first time and pitched a shutout while allowing just two hits.  Unfortunately, the Orioles were unable to spot him a run and the team lost two to nothing against the A’s.

2018 is a pivotal year for Kevin Gausman.  Many assumed he could take the next step after a strong second half in 2017.  His debut was disastrous, but since then he has been very steady.

Gausman has proven he can pitch well for a sustained amount of time, but this has to be the year he gets it done all season.  If not now, it may never happen.