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Trevor Bauer turns in the worst start of the season

Jun 28, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

Trevor Bauer AP

Not his worst start. The worst start.

Trevor Bauer surrendered five runs and six hits while getting just two outs Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox. He was up to 49 pitches in the first when manager Terry Francona finally had to come get him, putting the Indians in a major bind with at least 17 more innings to go today.

Oddly, Bauer opened the game immediately working from the stretch. He may have had some problems getting loose, judging from the way he was often shrugging and stretching in-between pitches. His velocity was fine, though, as he was hitting 93-94 mph with his fastball.

But if working exclusively from the stretch was an experiment, it was a disastrous one. He gave up hits to the first two batters he faced. After a sac fly, he surrendered a two-run homer to Adam Dunn and later a solo shot to Jeff Keppinger, who had just one homer in 227 at-bats this season. That made it 4-0.

Brent Morel followed Keppinger’s homer was a single. Bauer, despite working from the stretch for about 30 pitches now, paid him absolutely no attention, allowing him to steal second easily, even though he stumbled a little on the way. It was Morel’s 12th steal in 184 major league games. Gordon Beckham followed with a double to make it 5-0.

After that came a Tyler Flowers HBP, which might seem rather suspicious, except for the fact that it came with two strikes and wasn’t actually a HBP. The ball obviously hit the knob of Flowers’ bat, judging by a) the sound it made, b) the fact that it rolled at least 20 feet away and c) that Flowers didn’t so much as shake his hand afterwards, despite the pitch being a 93-mph fastball.

Bauer knew the ball hit the knob and questioned umpire Alan Porter’s terrible decision to award the HBP, but didn’t argue vehemently. Francona came out as well. He’d return a couple of minutes later after Bauer walked leadoff man Alejandro De Aza. Bauer was pulled after throwing 49 pitches to 10 batters.

It’s almost certainly the last we’ll see of Bauer in the majors for a while. The Indians might want to consider demoting him to A-ball, rather than Triple-A, in order to send him a message.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Hopefully this start isn’t mentioned in his next rap song

  2. flamethrower101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    All year I’ve been questioning the logic the Dbacks had in trading Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer. Upton I still question but perhaps the Dbacks knew what they were doing. This guy is a headcase but has so much promise, and yet has performed so terribly in the bigs.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I can see him now in the locker room with his Dre Beats headphones on, neck-bobbing and rapping. Spaghetti-spaghetti.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I can also see him saying that all that matters is that the Indians are hammering the White Sox.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Bauer owes Matt Albers and the offense bigtime – great job picking him up.

  4. contraryguy - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    On the TV cast, Rick Manning’s comment at about 7 batters in, priceless: “I don’t think I’ve seen a swing and miss yet.”

    Send Bauer here to Columbus, the Clippers could use another arm. Or in this case, a warm body.

  5. eazc - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Those, who included me, who thought Towers was getting fleeced in this Bauer/Gregorius deal aren’t wondering as hard right now. Now , the Upton deal………..hmmmmm…..

  6. chrisdtx - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    How is that start worse than Porcello’s 2/3 IP, 9 ER gem vs. Anaheim earlier this year? Please, show some respect.

  7. lew24 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    A young pitcher has a bad start! Let’s get rid of him!

    I guess if a pitcher isn’t ready to pitch in the majors in less than 3 years then he must suck!

    • zerodotjander - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      It matters more in this case because Bauer has his own workout and training regimens that are different from organizational standard. So when he has a truly disastrous outing like this, it casts doubt on the effectiveness of what he’s doing to improve his ability as a major league pitcher. If he was just doing what was normal, he’d just get sent back down to work on getting better. But do the Indians allow him to continue to try his own thing, or do they ask him to switch to a more standard regimen?

      • nsauser - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        He won’t listen anyway. According to Dbacks owner Kendrick, Bauer doesn’t seem to understand the Employer to Employee relationship. The guy is a headache and will likely play his way out of baseball within 5 years.

  8. bigmeechy74 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    He sucks. Arizona couldn’t wait to get rid of him. The front office popped champagne and high fived each other the second they shipped him off

    • nsauser - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      This is likely true. However, the Dbacks said when they drafted him that they were on-board with his quirks and unorthodox regimen. I guess it all worked out as Grigorius looks to be a MLB starter at SS.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        ‘At first I thought they screwed up by dealing him for gregorious but now I’ve completely flip flopped

    • yahmule - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      No doubt. Didi is going to have a nice career.

  9. giantrobot666 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Didn’t Porcello have a worse start in Anaheim when gave up 9 ER, including a grand slam in 2/3 IP?

  10. rbj1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    And don’t ignore Phil Hughes’ May 15 start: 2/3 inning, 6 hits, 7 runs, all earned, 2 BB, no Ks. I still haven’t recovered from that horror show.

  11. vanmorrissey - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    ……….and it ain’t over till it”s over. Indians now up by 5 runs top of 4th. Strange game baseball.

    • contraryguy - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      200 pitches thru the middle of the 4th, 16 runs, 20 hits. Just what you want in a doubleheader opener. Heck, if Bauer had just been given a chance to get the win…

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        If Bauer were given the chance to get the win we’d still be in the first inning.

  12. natslady - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    You forgot Vance Worley’s gem on April 12? Then he had another on May 22?

    Four games this year with Game Score less than zero.
    This guy had the lowest -8 on May 11.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=burgohi01&t=p&year=2013

  13. paul621 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    You start the article by wondering if he was hurt, and finish it by suggesting they “send him a message”? What message, do better getting loose?

  14. socalskinsfan21 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    kevin towers sucks. that is all.

    from a pads fan

  15. edgewaterjoe - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Lum de dum de dum – well, will ya look at this? Yet ANOTHER crap-on-Cleveland post by an NBCST feed! I don’t know if that Yinzer Mike Florio edits all of these things, but it absolutely never fails that if there’s a Cleveland story’s. any of these Talks, it will be all bad.

    Ridiculous.

  16. hushbrother - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Yu Darvish pitches exclusively from the stretch. Most relief pitchers do it. It’s something we’re seeing more and more of. I don’t really understand why. Simplifying the delivery? I can see some benefit in that, but is it really worth the sacrifice in velocity?

  17. stephenolszewski - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I think the Indians just need to let him pitch in AAA rest of the year then see what he can do next year because its clear he still has some developing to do and bringing him back and forth may not be helping him.

  18. barkleyblows - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Wow. Great article. Bahaha I think a 3rd grader could do better. This article is all over the place. Moron.

  19. ramitbaby - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Guess no one remembers Phil Humber’s gem on April 20th. 0.1 IP, 8 ER.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=330420118

  20. janessa31888 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Why cant we get good starting pitching? Good thing the bats woke up and bailed Bauer out. Its easy to see why
    Arizona was willing to trade him.

  21. blue21c - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Ship him to Triple Z ball in Siberia!!!!

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