Drew Silva explains how Adam Duvall’s Atlanta Braves are bouncing back from a rocky start to the season and what to expect at the start of the summer.
DREW SILVA: This spring, Braves outfielder Adam Duvall passed the No. 200 in the middle fantasy draft. So he could easily have been abandoned when he stumbled in April and May. However, now here in June, he looks like one of the best waiver guides. The overall numbers remain a bit ugly, averaging .205 and .640 OPS in 65 games as of June 19th.
But Duval has registered .983 OPS in his last 62 plate appearances since June 1st. Followed by 6 home runs, 10 RBIs and 15 runs in the same 16 games. And there is evidence that he can continue this in the second half.
Its release rate almost always increased during the hot weather of July and August. Looking a little deeper into his splits, Duvall is currently hitting just .192 with .553 OPS against a right hand serve. And while he usually hits lefties better, he has never lost to righties, as we saw in 2022. Expect that aspect to change and expect a strong finish from Duvall as Atlanta looks to defend their World Series crown.