Don’t go thinking these upcoming games against the Giants don’t mean anything to the Dodgers. In fact, taking a look at the upcoming probable pitchers will tell you a whole lot about where LA’s mindset is.
Initially, right-hander Trevor Bauer was set as the scheduled starter for Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. However, on Tuesday, that changed to a “TBA.”
Before the game, Dave Roberts was asked why that was and he did that thing he does when he’s caught between lying or talking around an answer that reveals only a bit of detail and we need to put it together on our own. Being fluent in Dave Roberts talk, here’s the rough translation.
Yes, we’re pushing Trevor Bauer back one day to have him start against the division-leading Giants.
Now, here’s what he actually said when answering whether or not the team was holding Bauer back.
That’s a good thought. Possibly. That’s something we’re thinking through, absolutely.
The team will now opt for a bullpen game against Arizona on Thursday.
In his first season in blue, Trevor Bauer has been a phenomenal stopper for LA. All told, the 2020 NL Cy Young award winner has a 4-2 record with a 2.20 ERA and NL-leading 77 strikeouts in 57.1 innings pitched. In his 2 losses, he’s allowed a combined 4 runs over 14 IP.
With the Dodgers and Giants matching up for the first time this year, and San Fransisco currently leading the NL West, this series is a huge statement opportunity for Los Angeles. And what better way to make a statement than with Trevor Bauer on the mound.
Bauer is tentatively scheduled to face old friend, left-hander Alex Wood who was part of the world champion roster for LA last season.