The foreign substance crackdown in coming to Major League Baseball. And while the hope is that the Dodgers don’t get hurt by it at all, there are at least some numbers that jump out recently. Some of those numbers have come from Trevor Bauer.
Bauer has obviously been at the forefront of speaking out against the league for not cracking down. But his jump in spin rates and climb up the ranks of MLB starting pitchers has certainly brought up questions. But the Dodgers didn’t seem too concerned with it given the massive contract they gave him this past offseason.
It’s worth noting that over the last few starts, Bauer’s spin rate has taken a tumble. It’s all coincided with the supposed crackdown and a few bad starts from the Dodgers pitcher. But after the game Saturday, Dave Roberts said that he was not concerned about it.
I’m not concerned about it. I think it just comes down to making pitches.
Bauer’s spin on his 4-seam fastball was down over 200 rpm from his season average on Saturday night. His cutter was down 134 rpm and his slider was down over 100. Part of that is probably why the Dodgers pitcher had such a tough time landing pitches throughout the night.
With everything going on in baseball, fans are going to connect his dip to the recent foreign substance issue. Whether or not that is accurate is anyone’s guess at this point. But regardless, a dip like that should be concerning for the Dodgers right now.