There was certainly an interesting moment in the Cincinnati Reds win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon in Goodyear. Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was actually pitching out of the bullpen on the day – with the off day today, the Reds preferred to keep him on schedule instead of pushing him back a few days. He came on after Sonny Gray threw 2.2 innings and then Brooks Raley picked up the final out of the third inning.
Matt Beaty led off the inning and was the first hitter that Bauer faced. And he glove-signed what pitches he was going to throw. Here’s the video from Rob Friedman, better known on the interwebs by Pitching Ninja.
Trevor Bauer, Glove Signing his Pitches. ?
[That's one way to see how hitters hit when they know what's coming. ] pic.twitter.com/90mPPxagxn
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 2, 2020
Later in the game Jim Day did a dugout interview with Derek Dietrich, and they talked about Bauer telling Beaty what he was going to be throwing.
— FOX Sports Cincinnati (@FOXSportsCincy) March 2, 2020
There’s a little thing going on with sign-stealing. Trevor’s not too fond of it, so he figured he’s going to try something new this season, and he’s going to start telling the batters what’s coming, and that way there’s no if, ands, or buts about what’s going on.
Was Trevor Bauer using pine tar last year?
We mentioned it in the piece about Nick Senzel as a little bit of an add-on note, but it’s time to update. Ben Clemens of Fangraphs wrote about Trevor Bauer’s spin rate increasing dramatically last September. There was a gradual climb over the first few months of the season, but it spiked up in a huge way in September, seemingly overnight. The read itself is worth while if you are into the more advanced pitching data and what things can mean, but don’t always mean, too.
Jeff Passan of ESPN covered Clemens piece over at their site as a part of his 20 questions article that he wrote that was published late on Monday night. Within he notes that Bauer was asked by ESPN if he had used any foreign substance, and Bauer declined to comment.