Editor’s note: Let this serve as a game thread for the second game. Rusty S. gives us a player rundown on Adam Duvall.
Adam Duvall had his first full major league season at age 27, an age historically considered to represent a typical player’s offensive peak. He hit 33 home runs in that 2016 season, and followed it up with 31 homers in his age 28 season. Duvall has a career .232/.293/.460 slash line, and he was standing at .205/286/.399 when he came over from Cincinnati, including 15 home runs in 331 at-bats.
As far as Duvall’s apparent new role as a lefty smasher, he does not seem to fare significantly better , posting a career line of .239/.322/.466 against the former and .230/.283/.458 against the latter. It seems his main expectation against lefties is to be *not* Ender Inciarte.
Duvall’s numbers have not been as inflated by Great American Ball Park as I thought, as his home run totals home or away have been essentially the same throughout his career. However, his late debut, and his drop off thus far in his age 29 season concerns me regarding his long term ability to contribute outside of his peak years.
Duvall’s job in Cincinnati was to hit a home run a week; a rare and useful skill. In the short term, if he can do the same for Atlanta from here out, he’ll win us a ball game or two.