The entire Major League Baseball world watched as vaunted Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman made his major league debut recently against the Toronto Blue Jays. All in all it had some good and some bad in it. He gave up four runs in five innings which isn’t terrible but doesn’t do good things for the ERA out of the gate. Over those five innings he walked only 2 while striking out five however that is a good sign for sure. Going into his second start against the Washington Nationals, Gausman should fare much better.
Not that the Blue Jays are an offensive powerhouse but the Nationals have struggled at the plate all year. While Gausman had quite a few potentially dangerous hitters to get through in the Blue Jays line-up, there are only a couple of currently dangerous in the Nats crew and that is only if Bryce Harper can go. At the same time as facing what could be considered a less potent offense, Gausman has had that first start now and can try to adjust his game plan to the major league speed of the game.
That by itself isn’t the only reason he should get the win in his second start. The Nationals called up one of their young pitching prospects to take an open rotation spot. Nate Karns will make his major league debut in Gausman’s second MLB start. Considering the powerful offense that the Orioles possess, I would be shocked if Karns had a spotless debut. Gausman should be able to have a few runs to play with early. I think the O’s will get to Karns for quite a few runs so if Gausman can keep the Nats to three runs or fewer, he should get the win.