Trevor Bauer really is the ultimate heel.
Bauer had another strong start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed just two hits and four walks while striking out 11 over 6.1 innings against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Bauer exited with a 2-1 lead, and the Dodgers’ bullpen hung on for the victory by the same score. That gave Bauer his fifth win of the season. He also lowered his ERA to 1.98.
But the best part is what Bauer did after being removed from the game. He exited the mound at Oracle Park and played to the boos from Giants fans by cupping his ears and raising his arms.
That was epic.
Bauer has been very vocal about wanting to make MLB more fun and entertaining. This is part of his way of doing so. He takes his craft and his job very seriously, while still aiming to have fun and entertain.
A frustrated Trevor Bauer sounded off on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ struggles after their latest loss on Sunday.
The Dodgers suffered a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, clinching the fifth straight series loss for the reigning World Series winners. Bauer threw six strong innings with nine strikeouts, but took the loss as the Dodgers managed just four hits and failed to provide any run support.
Bauer held nothing back after the loss, saying the team is not playing to its capabilities and issuing a warning that they couldn’t “sleep-walk” to a repeat title.
“You can say it’s early, no need to panic, and [it’s] true, but at the end of the day, we’re not going to roll the bats and balls out there and win baseball games,” Bauer said, via Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “We’re not going to sleep-walk our way to another division title and World Series.
“I don’t necessarily want to speak for the team,” Bauer continued. “But I’m p—ed, personally. I don’t like losing. I want to win. That’s why I came here. And we are not playing up to our capabilities right now, so I’m mad.”
The Dodgers were 14-4 at the end of play on April 20. Then they lost three out of four in San Diego and went into a tailspin. They’ve since fallen to 18-17 and have been bypassed in the NL West by both the Giants and Padres.
Bauer was in a laughing mood the last time he took the mound. That’s not the case anymore. There’s definitely growing concern, at least from him, about the team’s play.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is making light of his surprisingly homer-prone start to the 2021 season.
Bauer has now allowed eight home runs in 44.1 innings this season after giving up a bomb to Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward on Tuesday. That comes out to 1.6 home runs per nine innings, which would be a career-worst mark.
Bauer, as he often does, made light of the situation with a hilarious offer for any potential National League Home Run Derby participants.
Bauer is happy to troll his opponents, but he’ll give it to himself when it’s warranted like it is here. In the meantime, he has a couple months before the All-Star Game to get that home run rate down and take himself out of contention for the batting practice pitcher role.
Trevor Bauer is never shy about taking on Major League Baseball, and he’s doing it again — this time in support of a player who isn’t even his teammate anymore.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher announced on Twitter that he is holding a contest to give away a pair of autographed custom cleats that show support for Nick Castellanos, Bauer’s former Cincinnati Reds teammate who was suspended for a confrontation with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Castellanos yelled at Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford during an April 3 game, which helped spark a bench-clearing incident after he was confronted by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Castellanos was the only one suspended over the incident, which sparked some backlash that Bauer is clearly sympathetic to.
Bauer might have tried to wear these in a game if not for some issues he ran into last season in a similar situation.
The apparently friendly rivalry between Trevor Bauer and Fernando Tatis Jr. has shifted to Twitter.
Tatis homered twice off Bauer in Saturday’s game, and he trolled the Los Angeles Dodgers ace each time. That back-and-forth has shifted to Twitter, where Bauer reacted to a clip that claimed Tatis peeked at the catcher’s signs before hitting one of the home runs, suggesting that Tatis knew what was coming.
Tatis wasn’t scared off by this at all, responding with a hilarious picture along with the message “calm, son” in Spanish.
Bauer, naturally, insisted on having the last word.
If you read what Bauer said about Saturday’s back-and-forth, this seems to be in fun. That said, the rivalry between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres definitely has a bit of an edge to it right now, and things like this can only help make it more intense.
Fernando Tatis Jr. belted two home runs off of Trevor Bauer on Saturday night, and the San Diego Padres slugger was not exactly humble about it. As you would expect, Bauer says the antics didn’t bother him one bit.
Tatis led off the game with a home run and covered up one eye as he rounded the bases. He was mocking Bauer, as the Los Angeles Dodgers star pitched an inning with one eye closed against the Padres in spring training. Tatis then hit another homer in the sixth inning and trolled Bauer by doing the wavy-arms strut near home plate. That’s the same celebration Bauer uses sometimes, which is a knockoff of Conor McGregor stealing it from Vince McMahon.
You can see videos of both of Tatis’ home runs here.
Bauer was asked after the game, which the Padres won 5-4, about Tatis taunting him. He said he is “all for it.”
“I like it. Pitchers who have that done to them and react by throwing at people or get upset, hitting people or whatever … I think it’s pretty soft,” Bauer said, via ESPN Radio’s Jorge Sedano. “If you give up a homer, a guy should celebrate it. It’s hard to hit in big leagues.
“I’m all for it and it’s important that the game moves in that direction and we stop throwing at people because they celebrated having some success on the field.”
Bauer loves promoting the game of baseball and has no problem violating so-called “unwritten rules.” He’s openly trolled fans during games with stunts like this, so he knows it would be hypocritical to complain about having it done to him.
Manny Machado had a great reaction after being struck out by Trevor Bauer on Saturday night.
Machado has a history of dominating Bauer when they face each other. Entering Saturday, Machado was 12/19 in his career against Bauer with two doubles and four home runs. Yes, Machado had a 2.064 career OPS against Bauer. That is called “owning” a pitcher.
Well, on Saturday, Bauer tried to change things. He threw exclusively sliders against Machado and got him out all three times they faced each other. In the third at-bat, Bauer had Machado 2-2 and threw just a perfect slider that painted the outside corner.
Machado recognized what a good pitch it was and showed his respect to Bauer. He gave the ace pitcher a few nods and smiles, tipping his cap to the pitcher.
When you’ve had as much success as Machado has against Bauer, you can feel comfortable tipping the cap to the man for finally getting the best of you.
The question is, will this be Bauer’s strategy against Machado moving forward? You have to wonder how long an all-slider approach will work. At least Bauer doesn’t have a reason to fear Machado as much as he used to.
The battles between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are exciting, and they seem to only be getting better.
On Saturday, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs against Dodgers ace Trevor Bauer.
After leading off the game with a home run, Tatis covered up one eye as he rounded the bases.
Tatis was trolling Bauer with that move. You may recall that Bauer pitched an inning with one eye closed against the Padres in spring training.
Tatis wasn’t done though.
In the sixth inning, he homered off Bauer again. This time he mocked Bauer by doing the wavy-arms strut near home plate.
That’s the same celebration Bauer uses sometimes (which is a knockoff of Conor McGregor stealing from Vince McMahon).
If there’s one player who likes the battle and can take it, it’s Bauer. He wants to promote the game more. If he has to endure some people celebrating on him to get some viral clips, he’s probably OK with it.
Tatis, by the way, hit two home runs against the Dodgers in consecutive games; he also accomplished the feat on Friday.
Trevor Bauer has made it his mission to bring more excitement to baseball, in addition to his efforts to pitch well on the mound. He did both on Sunday.
Bauer started for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a 3-game series with the San Diego Padres. He was trying to protect a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth and had two outs while facing Fernando Tatis Jr. Bauer started Tatis off 0-2, but Tatis worked things to a full count. Then after Bauer got Tatis to swing and miss at a pitch outside, Bauer was pumped to escape.
Take a look at his celebrations:
That was a big strikeout for Bauer, who was lifted for reliever Brusdar Graterol in the next inning. The Dodgers’ bullpen blew his chance at a win by allowing a run in the 7th, and then they surrendered three runs to give up the game in the 8th.
Given some of the beef between these teams over the last few years, this extra celebration is something to keep in your memory bank. Maybe the Padres didn’t like being shown up so much.
San Diego’s win ended the Dodgers’ 8-game winning streak.
News that Major League Baseball is checking into baseballs used by Trevor Bauer during a recent start raised a lot of eyebrows, but it does not appear the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher is going to get in serious trouble over any of it.
According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN, Bauer is not expected to be disciplined right now for anything connected to MLB’s investigation. He adds that MLB is in “information-gathering mode” and any of the baseballs collected early in the season are more likely to end up as supporting evidence if there are continued issues as the season goes on.
An earlier report said MLB was looking into baseballs used by Bauer during Thursday’s start against Oakland, which were described as “sticky” with “visible markings.” Bauer had a heated response to the story and how it was reported.
Bauer has given up six earned runs in two starts so far with the Dodgers, striking out 20 in 13 innings.