Polarizing starter Trevor Bauer has continued to perform at an elite level following his 2020 NL Cy Young season. The Dodgers paid top dollar for the 30-year-old this winter ($102M/3), and they’re receiving top shelf performance.
For the season, Bauer is fourth in both WHIP (0.77) and strikeout rate (36.2%) amongst starters through Saturday. He also ranks third in BAA (.140) and eighth in ERA (1.98).
Bauer Going Deep
Equally as important, Bauer has provided plenty of length in each of his starts, sans an early May debacle against the Cubs. That forgetful start is his lone start of the season where he failed to record at least five innings in a ballgame.
He’s logged eight quality starts, second in the majors through Saturday. Bauer is also third in innings pitched (62.3), trailing other certified studs Shane Bieber (65.0) and Gerrit Cole (64.2).
Following Thursday’s bullpen game against Arizona, Bauer threw 126 pitches the next day against the Giants before exiting in the seventh inning. Another quality start from Bauer was exactly what the Dodgers needed and he delivered.
In addition to the great outing, he did what many expected by stoking the flames between the two blood rivals.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) May 22, 2021
High-quality pitching paired with high-quality theater is what Bauer does. Fans shouldn’t mind the antics as long as he continues to be an elite starter.
One can only imagine what the rotation would look like without Bauer. Considering the loss of Dustin May for the year and the prolonged absence of Gonsolin, the Dodgers would be two starters short in the rotation. Two bullpen games a week doesn’t bode well for any team.
Through thick and thin this year, the rotation has continued to be a bright spot for the Dodgers. Bauer, along with Kershaw, Urias, and Buehler, is a big reason why.
Some people may not like the antics, but you can’t argue about the performance.