SP Kevin Gausman: 73 OVR
Let’s start by saying that 73 is not a bad rating in MLB The Show.
However, Kevin Gausman is deserving of better.
His subpar 2019 stats no doubt hurt him heading into the 2020 season and the release of the new game. He had a 5.72 ERA between the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds last season, and his struggles in the Atlanta rotation relegated him to the bullpen late in the season.
While he’s coming off a bad year, he’s still a strikeout pitcher with career statistics similar to fellow Giants starter Jeff Samardzija who earned a 79 OVR.
Even with last year’s dud, he has a 4.30 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 8.3 K/9 and 1.3 HR/9 in 925.2 career innings.
Meanwhile, Samardzija has posted a 4.09 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 8.0 K/9 and 1.1 HR/9 over the course of his big league career.
Gausman has proven to be just a bit more hittable than Samardzija in his career, but he does not deserve to be six points lower than a comparable pitcher.