Trevor Bauer (Yokohama DeNA Baystars), who was kicked out of the major leagues, was criticized for his repeated sluggishness even in the US.
Bauer started on the 16th메이저놀이터 (Korean time) in the 2023 Japan Professional Baseball match against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp held at Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and pitched 69 pitches in 2 innings, 8 hits (1 home run), 1 walk and 1 strikeout. He left the worst pitching with 7 runs (7 earned).
Bauer has faced Hiroshima in his Nippon Professional Baseball debut in his last three days. At that time, Bauer had excellent pitching, striking out 9 and allowing 1 run (1 earned run) in 7 innings, and tasted the joy of reaping his first win in his debut game. However, he tasted both success and failure once, playing 6 innings and 7 runs (6 earned) against the Yomiuri Giants on the 9th.
Bauer climbed the mound with the task of escaping the team’s 5th consecutive loss. In order to make up for the sluggishness of the previous pitch, he had to show a different appearance. But it was the content of the game without any excuses. Bauer was literally beaten without a break, and he left behind his worst performance since stepping on the Japanese stage.
He had a maximum speed of 157 km, a fast ball and a breaking ball, and all balls did not work. Japan’s ‘TBS’, which relayed Bauer’s match at the time, pointed out Bauer’s ‘height’ all along. This is because most of his 8 hits were formed with a good course and height for a hitter. After the game, coach Daisuke Miura also expressed regret, saying, “It seems that speed is not everything.”
Bauer expressed his feelings of injustice. According to Japan’s ‘Daily Sports’ and ‘Sankei Sports’, Bauer said, “Every ball I threw was contacted,” but “In terms of condition, it was in the best condition this season. Control was good. But two doubles and a home run all came from the ball. In this sense, there were some unlucky parts.”
In Japan, it is pointed out that the type of pitch to be thrown based on Bauer’s pitching habit (kuse) has been pointed out in Japan. In response, Bauer said, “The hit rate after two strikes is usually around 10.8. But now it’s 70 percent.”
The sluggishness of Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, was also highlighted in the United States. The US’SB Nation’ said, “Trevor Bauer is trying to rebuild his career playing for the Yokohama DeNA Baystars, but it’s getting worse than you can imagine.”
The level of criticism of ‘SB Nation’ was considerable. The media said, “Bauer recorded 8 hits and 7 runs in 2 innings against Hiroshima. To explain how Garbage Bauer pitched, after being replaced, 4 Yokohama pitchers gave up only 3 hits and pitched without a run. Yokohama is 5-7 , and Bauer accounted for 100% of the reason they lost.”
The media went on to say, “Everyone has a bad day sometimes, but Bauer has been terrible on a streak. Bauer’s ERA (8.40) in Yokohama is undoubtedly the worst.” Bauer’s face is decorated at the stadium, but Bauer has turned into a nightmare in Yokohama, and if he throws like he is now, he will not be able to play anymore.”