This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
We are already halfway through the baseball schedule this year, even with the All-Star game still days off. It is time to look back at my 60 bold predictions before the season to see which are coming true, which have an outside shot and which were created while I was under the influence of some hearty stout or porter during the colder months in North Carolina.
I will break this into two articles so you are not scrolling forever, and we'll begin with the 30 National League predictions.
We are off to a fantastic start as Duvall already has 25 homers this season! The problem: all have come for the Gwinnett Stripers. Duvall has toiled up I-85 for the Atlanta Triple-A club all season, and is essentially an insurance policy for the club. Gausman is 2-5 with a 6.21 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. He has an acceptable 14 percent K-BB%, and his 1.2 HR/9 rate is not bat (for him) considering the inflated ball this year. His issue is a two-front battle against a high BABIP and a terribly low LOB%, which leads to the two-run difference in his ERA and FIP. One would think that with Atlanta's offense, Gausman would have more than two wins, but he has only pitched five or more innings in nine of his 13 outings.