Fantasy Baseball — Trevor Bauer: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Trevor Bauer
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 03: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds p[itches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Trevor Bauer was drafted third overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. He would go on to make his MLB debut just one season later in 2012. Bauer was traded over the winter of 2012 to the Cleveland Indians. Prior to the 2019 season, Bauer had a career record of 59-47 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 904 innings pitched. Bauer was an All-Star last season, finishing with a 12-6 record and 2.21 ERA. He only gave up nine homers all season. 

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2012 21 ARI NL 1 2 .333 6.06 4 4 0 0 0 0 16.1 14 13 11 2 13 0 17 1 0 2 77 69 5.18 1.653 7.7 1.1 7.2 9.4 1.31
2013 22 CLE AL 1 2 .333 5.29 4 4 0 0 0 0 17.0 15 11 10 3 16 0 11 1 0 1 81 73 7.05 1.824 7.9 1.6 8.5 5.8 0.69
2014 23 CLE AL 5 8 .385 4.18 26 26 0 0 0 0 153.0 151 76 71 16 60 4 143 11 0 6 663 94 4.01 1.379 8.9 0.9 3.5 8.4 2.38
2015 24 CLE AL 11 12 .478 4.55 31 30 1 1 0 0 176.0 152 90 89 23 79 1 170 5 1 7 744 95 4.33 1.313 7.8 1.2 4.0 8.7 2.15
2016 25 CLE AL 12 8 .600 4.26 35 28 3 1 0 0 190.0 179 96 90 20 70 1 168 9 0 3 811 106 3.99 1.311 8.5 0.9 3.3 8.0 2.40
2017 26 CLE AL 17 9 .654 4.19 32 31 1 0 0 0 176.1 181 84 82 25 60 0 196 5 1 3 749 109 3.88 1.367 9.2 1.3 3.1 10.0 3.27
2018 27 CLE AL 12 6 .667 2.21 28 27 1 0 0 1 175.1 134 51 43 9 57 2 221 9 0 12 717 198 2.44 1.089 6.9 0.5 2.9 11.3 3.88 AS,CYA-6,MVP-22
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/4/2019.

 

Bauer entered the 2019 season with an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 31 and was the 9th ranked pitcher in fantasy baseball. The 2019 season has been full of ups-and-downs for Bauer. He started off great against the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays, but has given up seven earned runs in each of three games against the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Kansas City Royals. Bauer is 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA and 189 strikeouts this season. He is currently the 22nd ranked pitcher in ESPN and 43rd in Yahoo! Fantasy leagues.  

Fantasy Baseball — Trevor Bauer: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good, 2019

Bauer began the season with a fabulous outing in Minnesota. He pitched seven innings and gave up one earned run on one hit. He struck out nine batters and only walked two. Bauer followed that up with another seven innings of no-hit baseball against the Blue Jays. He did give up six walks but struck out eight. On April 25, Bauer pitched eight innings and gave up one run on four hits to the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The only run came on a homer from George Springer in the third inning. 

Bauer pitched a complete game shutout on June 16 against the Detroit Tigers. He threw 117 pitches (80 strikes) and struck out eight batters while not issuing a free pass. He only gave up four hits the entire game. Not every game against the Tigers has been good for Bauer.

The Bad, 2019

On April 10, Bauer allowed 10 hits and gave up four earned runs against the Tigers. He gave up two homers but struck out seven hitters. Two months later, Bauer faced Detroit again with very similar results. This time five earned runs on the same number of hits. He would only last four innings in this game. Bauer would pitch against the Royals at Kaufmann Stadium on July 2. He would give up five earned runs on 11 hits, including two homers and a triple. His next visit to Kansas City would be very memorable. 

The Ugly, 2019

Bauer has given up seven earned runs to the three teams this season. On May 6, he would give up eight runs (seven earned) against the White Sox. 10 days later against the Orioles, Bauer would give up seven earned on five hits, including two homers, and four walks. On July 28, Bauer and the Cleveland Indians faced the Royals again. After giving up a base hit up the middle to allow his seventh earned run, Trevor Bauer saw his manager coming out to the mound to remove him from the game. Frustrated at the results, Bauer would throw the baseball over the centerfield fence before the manager could take it from him. He would apologize to the team and the media after the game. It would be the last game he would pitch for the Indians.

The Outlook, 2019

Trevor Bauer was a part of a three-team trade that sent him to the cross-state Cincinnati Reds. Prior to his start for the Reds, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reported “Bauer has pitched to a 3.79 ERA this season, fanning 185 batters over 156 2/3 frames. He leads the Majors in innings pitched, batters faced and pitches thrown.” Bauer has expressed that the trade to Cincinnati is an opportunity for a fresh start.

In his first game for the Reds, he gave up seven hits and three earned runs against the Atlanta Braves. He struck out four and walked three in a no-decision. The first game came with mixed reviews, but Bauer and his team are still excited to get a top-notch starter. Bauer’s next match-ups (assuming the Reds stay on schedule) will come against the Chicago Cubs at home and the Washington Nationals in D.C. He will get a two start week in late August against the San Diego Padres at home and the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He has had excellent career stats against three teams. The Padres have gotten to him twice, in 2012 and in 2017. Bauer is the 23rd ranked pitcher in WAR this year, is 12th in K/9 at 10.54, and 24th in BABIP. Fantasy players should just sit tight and watch Bauer excel in a new environment with less pressure. 

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