Trevor Bauer was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for September. The Cincinnati Reds ace went out and took care of business during the month (and the ones before it, too). Bauer made five starts during September for the Reds and posted a 1.29 ERA in 35.0 innings pitched while allowing just 22 hits, he walked just 6 batters, and he picked up 46 strikeouts. His WHIP over the five start span was 0.80, and he held hitters to a .175/.218/.302 line during the month.
In three of his five starts, Trevor Bauer picked up double digit strikeouts. The first one came on the road in Chicago when he fanned 10 Cubs in 7.2 shutout innings. He picked up 12 more strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates the next time he took the mound in the first game of a double header. His season came to an end against Milwaukee last week when he struck out 12 more batters in an 8.0 inning, 1-run win on three days rest with what felt like a game with the season on the line.
Is the Cy Young Award next for Trevor Bauer?
The Cincinnati Reds have never had a Cy Young Award winner. Trevor Bauer has also never won a Cy Young Award. Is this the season where both things happen? It’s certainly possible, and it feels a bit more likely to happen than for it to not.
The Reds right-handed started led the National League in ERA at 1.73. He also led the league with an ERA+ of 276, which is his ERA adjusted for the league and ballparks that he pitched in during the season. His WHIP of 0.79 also led the National League. Batting hit just .159 against him on the season, which was also the best in the league. When push came to shove, Bauer was able to lock things down (and got a little help from his bullpen at times, too) – leading the league in left-on-base rate at 90.9%.
In the stats that he didn’t lead the league in, he was among the league leaders. He finished second in the league in strikeouts – pitching in one less game than Jacob deGrom and finishing with four fewer strikeouts (but also having 5.0 more innings than deGrom). Bauer finished 7th in the league in walk rate. His strikeout-minus-walk percentage was second best in the league.
We won’t find out the results of the Cy Young Award voting until after the playoffs – though the votes must be in before the playoffs begin. But as we noted the other day here at Redleg Nation – it feels like the award is Trevor Bauer’s to lose.