Kevin Gausman's first pitch of the 2018 season was a 91-mph, get-me-over fastball to Minnesota Twins leadoff hitter Brian Dozier that ended up getting over the left-field fence. And it didn't get much better from there.
After another promising spring that followed another promising end to the prior season, Gausman exhibited in his regular-season debut all the red flags that skew and ultimately undermine his immense talent.
Featuring the slowest average fastball he's had as a major leaguer, Gausman allowed three home runs and left with six runs on his account in the Orioles' 7-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins before an announced Easter crowd of 17,212.
Gausman was blunt...