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Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Feels Team is Struggling to Put ‘Complete Games’ Together Amid Skid

The 2019 NL Cy Young provided what he believes are the reasons the Dodgers have lost 12 of their last 16 games.



Trevor Bauer was good, but not great in Game 2 of the Dodgers doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Bauer gave up just one run, but labored through his start. It was his first start of the season where he didn’t complete at least six innings.

Make no mistake, the second “L” of the day on Tuesday falls on the entire Dodgers team that can’t seem to do anything right. Los Angeles has lost 12 of their last 16 games.

Bauer provided his thoughts on why the Dodgers are struggling. Really struggling.

“Right now, we don’t seem to able to put together a complete game. We pitch good and then the offense won’t score. Then, the offense scores and the pitching gives up runs. Everything right now is kind of mismatched for us right now.”

Bauer’s mismatched comment perfectly encapsulates the Dodgers uneven play. His body language during the postgame press conference also mirrored what Dodgers fans saw in 14 innings on Tuesday at Wrigley. Flat and dejected.

“We gotta play better baseball all the way around. Execute the little things right. It always starts with pitching. Going out there, throwing strike one. Getting ahead. Keeping pitch counts down.”

Starting pitching remains a strength for the Dodgers. In their last 14 games, Bauer and his fellow starters have the fifth-best ERA in baseball (2.89).

Besides Tuesday’s start, Bauer himself has provided valuable length in all of his appearances. The offense, bullpen, and defense have not gotten it done during that same stretch.

A lackluster defense has faltered in key moments during this dreadful run. The Dodgers defense can charitably be described as average-at-best by advanced metrics.

  • Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR): -4.8 (25th)
  • Defensive Runs Saved (DRS): 9 (14th)
  • Revised Zone Rating (RZR): .805 (20th)

Bauer’s final thought might have been the most meaningful.

“[It] starts with taking care of the little details. Trusting that if you do the little things right, ultimately, the whole picture will look a lot better.”

As the old phrase goes, the devil’s in the details.

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Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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  1. The Dodgers currently have the Connor McGregor syndrome. What I mean by that is they have already been on top of the world and it seems like they have lost a bit of an edge and aren’t a hungry fighter anymore. So mistakes dont bother them as bad. Someone is going to have to spark this club. I think a reason people like a Matt Beaty so much right now is because you can tell he is still trying to prove something same with Urias he is on a mission to prove he is an elite guy. On another note I’m headed to a Tulsa Drillers game tonight. Its Cody Bellinger bobblehead night. I’m taking my 5 year old daughter with me who has became a huge Dodger fan. I think initially she was just a fan so she could stay up late on school nights (Central Time Zone). Now she has become an official Dodger fan. Lastnight she says, “Boy, Dad the Dodgers must be doing really bad the Cubs brought in a guy throwing in slow motion. She was talking about Mills who was hitting 62 mph to 79 mph on the gun.

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