Trevor Bauer posted a funny video to Twitter on Saturday night after being lit up again by Max Kepler.
Bauer started and took a loss in the Cleveland Indians’ 6-2 defeat to the Minnesota Twins earlier in the day. Bauer allowed a solo home run to Kepler to start the game — the second straight time that happened when he faced the Twins. Kepler got him again for a home run in the second inning.
While that was a great start for Kepler, it only tells half the story.
Back on June 6, Kepler went 4-for-4 with three home runs and a walk in a 5-4 win over the Indians. All three homers and a walk came off Bauer. That meant as of the second inning on Saturday, Kepler had smacked five straight home runs against Bauer.
Bauer tried to have a sense of humor about it and posted this video, which culminates with his strikeout of Kepler in the fourth Saturday after he had already surrendered the two solo home runs.
It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. I think. Maybe. pic.twitter.com/Y94Ni2cpDp
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 14, 2019
Who knows where Kepler’s hot streak against Bauer came from? In the second game of the season on March 30, Bauer got Kepler to go 0-for-3 with two popouts and a strikeout against him. And then he torched him like he was Manny Machado.
Maybe next time Terry Francona will choose to go with an intentional walk instead.
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The Cleveland Indians won six games in a row heading into the All-Star break and are within striking distance in the AL Central, but they are reportedly open to unloading a key member of their starting rotation at the trade deadline.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Indians will be “aggressive listeners” if teams call about Bauer over the next few weeks. He mentioned the New York Yankees as a team that might be interested, and SNY’s Andy Martino agrees.
Trevor Bauer definitely one to watch for Yankees. @Ken_Rosenthal reported today that Cashman’s top evaluator Tim Naehring scouted him on final start before break
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 8, 2019
Bauer has one more year of arbitration left, and he will likely make somewhere in the range of $20 million before becoming a free agent. The Indians appear to have decided they can’t afford to keep him, so this may be their best chance to get something in return. If they can deal the right-hander for an MLB-ready player, they would probably pull the trigger.
Bauer, 28, has a 3.61 ERA and has thrown an AL-leading 132 innings so far this season. This isn’t the first time we have heard that the Indians are shopping him.
The surging Cleveland Indians have won six games in a row to pull within 5.5 games of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, but financial realities mean that the team may have to deal a key piece in the midst of it all.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Indians will be “aggressive listeners” on pitcher Trevor Bauer ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Bauer will likely make in the neighborhood of $20 million next season before heading to free agency, and with widespread interest in starting pitching, they may take the opportunity to move him now in return for MLB-ready talent in the knowledge that they won’t be able to afford him for much longer.
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Rosenthal lists the New York Yankees as a potentially interested party, and their top evaluator, Tim Naehring, was in attendance for Bauer’s most recent start.
This is also the reason that the Indians aggressively explored Bauer trades during the offseason. In theory, they could wait to trade him after 2019, but if there’s interest now and someone makes a good offer, they won’t be able to resist the temptation to take it.
The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.61 ERA in a league-leading 132 innings so far this season.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is roughly a month and a half away, but trade season appears to have started in earnest with the Seattle Mariners shipping Jay Bruce to the Philadelphia Phillies. While the trades won’t exactly come fast and furious from this point on, it is essentially a starting gun for a trade deadline that looks like a potential buyer’s market given the number of teams that will probably be willing to make players available.
Who will be on the move? Here are ten names to watch leading up to July 31.
10. Trevor Bauer, P, Indians
Bauer was perhaps surprisingly floated in trade talks during the offseason, but Cleveland ultimately opted to keep him while they make another run at a division title. That run has not gone well so far, with the Indians falling well behind the runaway Minnesota Twins. In Bauer’s case, again, it’s likely that things will have to get worse over the next month and a half for them to trade him. The Indians still want to try to get back into wild card contention, at the very least. However, if they floated the possibility of trading him once, they may float it again if circumstances dictate.
Trevor Bauer is as active on social media as any professional athlete in any sports league, so it goes without saying that the Cleveland Indians pitcher has experienced the downside of it on many occasions. Following his rough outing on Monday, Bauer wanted to call attention to some of that.
After he gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in a loss to the Chicago White Sox, Bauer took to Twitter to share some of the death threats and hateful messages he received from angry fans. While the commentary is too vulgar to feature, here is a sampling:
“Bro u are the biggest p—y I ever seen. How do u let white sox smack the s— out of u. F—ing f–.”
“Leave the f—ing team and die in hell piece of s—. I really hope you and your family die in a car crash. Please f—ing die.”
“Could you please kill yourself?”
“I am Chinese. I will kill you.”
Bauer shared the screenshots with a message from him that said “stop online harassment, bullying and hate speech.” He also criticized Instagram for not providing an easy way to report those messages.
@instagram your platform doesn’t seem to give me a way to report this crap. Do you condone this type of behavior on your platform?
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) May 7, 2019
Bauer has become an expert at trolling fans on social media, but there is obviously a huge difference between friendly banter, death threats and hate speech. Unfortunately, all three seem to be equally used on social media.
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer did not seem impressed with how the Atlanta Braves approached him in Saturday’s game, and one of their key players is responding.
Bauer said it “didn’t seem like [the Braves] wanted to hit” after Atlanta took a patient, grinding approach in Saturday’s game, elevating the Cleveland right-hander’s pitch count early on. Bauer allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings, but needed 120 pitches to do so. Atlanta’s approach was rewarded, as they came back against the Cleveland bullpen in an 8-7 victory.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman didn’t understand what Bauer’s point was, and defended his team’s approach.
“We heard that,” Freeman said, via Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. “It makes no sense. I don’t think he even knows what he was saying. It’s 40 degrees out. He’s a good pitcher, and we’re going to try to work you. I think we’re [usually] one of the most free-swinging teams there is. I think that comment is just … he hasn’t done his research.”
Bauer’s comments don’t make a lot of sense. It’s a perfectly valid approach to work a starter and try to drive up his pitch count and force an early exit, and that’s what Atlanta did. This is also a guy who isn’t shy about being critical of his peers, so it perhaps isn’t a surprise. Bauer will certainly be unhappy he couldn’t pitch deeper into the game to help his team win, but he can’t blame the Braves for approaching things the way they did.
Trevor Bauer put together another impressive outing for the Cleveland Indians, though he may not be too happy over the way things unfolded.
Bauer held the Toronto Blue Jays hitless through seven innings on Thursday night. However, he walked six, hit a batter, struck out eight, and left due to an elevated pitch count (117). He was replaced by Jon Edwards in the eighth inning.
Bauer is a workhorse pitcher who has wanted to pitch on three days’ rest rather than four and is not bothered by pitch counts. This is what he trains for. But the Indians probably wanted to show restraint in only his second start of the season.
Through two starts — each of seven innings — Bauer has only allowed one hit and one run this season while striking out 17. He may be on his way to the Cy Young Award he has long coveted.
As for the Jays, this is their second time this season being no-hit by a starter. Rebuilding has its consequences.