Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer doesn’t know why he’s giving up so many home runs … yet
It’s the one acne on an otherwise dazzling two-month start to the season for Trevor Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner who signed a three-year, $102-million offer with the Dodgers in February.
The 30-year-old right-hander quit 3 made runs and 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 9-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday to enhance to 6-3 with a 2.24 AGE in 12 starts. He has actually yielded just 40 hits while starting out 96 — the most in the NL — and strolling 23 throughout 76 1/3 innings.
However 13 of those hits (approximately 33%) have actually been crowning achievement, consisting of solo shots to Justin Williams and Tyler O’Neill and a two-run shot to Dylan Carlson on Monday night. Of the 22 runs Bauer has actually quit this season, 17 have actually scored on crowning achievement.
“It’s just frustrating,” Bauer stated. “Forty percent of the hits I give up are homers. I haven’t given up a run on a non-homer in over a month. Good pitches, bad pitches, it just seems my luck on homers is terrible right now.
“It’s frustrating when you have a chance to get out of jams and I can’t just give up a hit, a double or something. It has to be a homer.”
Bauer stated he will do a deep dive into innovative data and video to look for factors for the high portion of long balls.
“I can’t continue to give up 40% of my hits for homers, that can’t hold,” Bauer stated. “But my home-run-to-fly-ball rate is kind of average. I’m gonna look at some distributions of pitches and pitch types and locations and try to figure out if there’s something I can adjust.
“It’s very odd because I don’t give up many hits, and all of a sudden, when I do, it’s a home run. Hopefully it regresses back to the mean, but we’ll dig in and see if we can figure it out. My gut reaction is it’s not anything necessarily that I’m doing. It’s not one specific pitch. It’s righties and lefties. There aren’t any patterns.”
Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated he doesn’t understand why Bauer has actually quit such a high portion of homers, however he is not worried.
“Walker [Buehler] was going through that a month ago,” Roberts stated. “It’s just cyclical. I think it will correct itself.”
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.