It was a bad case of the Mondays for new Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.
Some of it self-inflicted. Some of it just bad luck.
The self-inflicted part? Giving up three home runs in a flash against the Seattle Mariners.
The right-hander was absolutely cruising through four innings, but then the fifth frame is where it all came crashing down.
After retiring the first 11 batters of the game and allowing just one hit while striking out five, Bauer ended up getting tagged for five earned runs on six hits (three home runs) in 4.1 innings of work. Yup, all of that damage came in 1/3 of an inning.
A reason to be concerned? Probably not since he’s still building himself up for 2021, but we have seen Bauer implode like this in the past, so Dodgers fans might have to brace themselves for this happening a few times this year.
Evan White, Jose Marmolejos and Mitch Haniger. Eh, not great. But before this disaster, Bauer had only given up three earned runs in 17.1 innings to go along with 21 strikeouts. One hiccup in spring is hardly anything to get tightly wound over.
But earlier in the day, maybe the “MLB The Show” trailer got to Bauer? The charismatic 30-year-old has been known to be bothered by trolls, critics and naysayers, and it couldn’t have helped that the new trailer for the video game had him giving up a home run to division-rival Padres slugger Fernando Tatis Jr.
If you recall, Bauer had something to say about the star shortstop’s contract shortly after he signed the $340 million extension. Now … payback?
Oh no! The bat flip AND the celebration with Manny Machado after crossing home plate? In a VIDEO GAME?! How will we recover? Are we really ready for the Dodgers-Padres renewed rivalry?
But not to worry, earlier in the two-minute trailer, Bauer got Tatis to whiff and then whipped out the Conor McGregor strut on the mound. We’ll be seeing that in full force in just a few weeks.
And LA fans also got that Mookie Betts diving grab and manager Dave Roberts raising the Commissioner’s Trophy, though. All is well!
Pretty standard for the Padres too. You get the last laugh in a video game (sorry, Bauer), while the Dodgers will get the last laugh in real life. It’s never easy when your highest ceiling is second place.