At the beginning of the season, a lot of Atlanta’s struggles could be attributed to the bottom of their lineup being a black hole. Guys like Dansby Swanson, Eddie Rosario, and Adam Duvall simply were not hitting. But since, Swanson has caught fire, Rosario just couldn’t see out of one of his eyes, and now Adam Duvall is starting to get things going:
He's back. This is Duvall's 11th career multi-homer game. He is 9-for-26 w/ 2 doubles, a triple and four homers over his past seven games. pic.twitter.com/lUSuIMaWve
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) June 12, 2022
I think a big part of this is Michael Harris II taking over in center field. Check out Duvall’s numbers since the Braves’ newest rookie sensation has arrived:
Adam Duvall before Michael Harris:
.191/.263/.274 2 HR 17 R 16 RBI .245 wOBA 52 wRC+
Adam Duvall after Michael Harris arrived on May 28:
.255/.255/.617 4 HR 10 R 8 RBI .367 wOBA 134 wRC+
— Trent (@Trenciarte) June 13, 2022
Without as many defensive responsibilities, Duvall has looked like a completely different hitter. He has largely been the missing ingredient for the Braves this season, and if he can get back to 2021 Adam Duvall, the sky is the limit for this Braves team. It’s yet another reason why I expect Harris to stick for the rest of the season. He’s been a critical piece to Atlanta’s turnaround in more ways than one.
Photo: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire
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