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).
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.