Several aspects of the Braves have been painful to watch through the first 42 games of the season, but none more so than Adam Duvall‘s regression to his 2018 self. The powerful right-hander that hit 38 homers last season and led the National League in RBIs has become an automatic out at the plate, much like he was when the Braves originally acquired him from the Reds four years ago.
To this point, Duvall is hitting just .193 — the fourth-worst mark in the National League. However, average has never been his strong suit. The Braves would take Duvall hitting around .200 as long as he was still bringing his pop to the plate. Unfortunately, that’s dissipated as well. Duvall only has two measly homers in 41 games, and his .539 OPS is the third-lowest in the National League.
Adam Duvall's .193 average is fourth-lowest among NL qualifiers, and his .539 OPS is third-lowest.
Duvall is 8-for-41 (.195) with one extra-base hit (double), two RBIs and 13 strikeouts in his past 12 games.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) May 24, 2022
But is there an end in sight to this mega slump that Duvall is currently mired in?
I wish I could say there was a stat to suggest so, but a quick look at his Baseball Savant page shows that he has been one of the worst bats in baseball so far this season.
If you think Duvall has looked bad, well it's probably even worse than you thought. Check this out… Literally blue in every offensive category except 1. This guy is a bottom 10% player right now. @cantguardjake @SportsTalkATL pic.twitter.com/TXFVePFcDq
— Rob Joye (@RobJoye10) May 24, 2022
Unfortunately, I’m just not sure what the Braves can do with Duvall other than start him every night. With Eddie Rosario out, Atlanta’s outfield is extremely thin, and Duvall is arguably their best defensive option, especially with Acuña unable to play in the field every day. Atlanta’s only hope is that Duvall can eventually figure it out at the plate; otherwise, they will have to continue with a black hole in their lineup until they are able to make a trade.
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