It’s only March 8th, but Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer said he’s ready to go. Following his outing earlier today against the Los Angeles Angels where he allowed a solo home run over 4.0 innings along with a walk and four strikeouts, the right-handed starter was feeling good.
There’s still nearly three weeks until opening day, and probably three weeks until Bauer takes the mound for the first time in the regular season. “I’m able to command all of my pitches,” he said when asked how he knows he’s ready. “Velo’s there. I’m recovering well. 94-95 today, with basically no adrenaline. All of my stuff is sharp.”
It’s been a good spring through three appearances for Trevor Bauer, who seems likely to slot into the #3 spot in the Cincinnati rotation in 2020. He’s now made two starts, and he had one relief appearance earlier this week as he followed Sonny Gray in order to keep him on schedule. Over his 9.0 innings pitched he’s allowed just three hits, one run (that’s a 1.00 ERA, folks), one walk, and he’s now struck out eight batters.
For Trevor Bauer, and for the Cincinnati Reds, both are hoping to see a better version, and better numbers than he put up after being acquired by Cincinnati at last season’s trade deadline. After posting a 3.79 ERA in 24 starts with Cleveland, Bauer struggled in Cincinnati as he posted a 6.39 ERA with the Reds in 10 starts. His walk rate dropped in Cincinnati, and his strikeout rate was nearly identical between the two stops. But his home run rate jumped up about 50% in Cincinnati as compared to Cleveland as his ground ball rate also went in the wrong direction. There was likely plenty of bad luck involved on batted balls, too. All of which likely indicates he’ll perform much better in 2020.