Trevor Bauer’s Los Angeles Dodgers debut was phenomenal … until it wasn’t.
The right-hander took the mound for the first time in the 2021 MLB season against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night and twirled six no-hit innings. He looked untouchable.
Then came the seventh, where he allowed four earned runs on three hits (two home runs) and a walk.
No-hitter gone. Quality start gone. Onto the bullpen.
But the Dodgers ended up triumphing 11-6 for their first win of the season, and despite that terrible 1/3 of an inning from Bauer, his debut was a success and he was still feeling himself after the game.
At least enough to take a shot at the Houston Astros. Why not start off 2021 on the best note possible?
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is back at it, trolling the Houston Astros.
Bauer was answering a question about what had happened during that seventh inning, but revealed that he has to go back and watch the video since teams are no longer allowed to do so during games … which he deemed “the Astros rule.”
Could probably be the “Red Sox rule” too!
MLB is cracking down after the Astros’ cheating scandal that took place in 2017 (and possibly beyond) as well as some shady behavior in Boston during the Red Sox World Series-winning 2018 season under manager Alex Cora, who was the bench coach in Houston during their championship run. Bauer’s not wrong!
Nonetheless, Dodgers fans are glad normalcy — winning games and taking shots at the Astros — has been somewhat restored after a bizarre Opening Day, during which Clayton Kershaw got rocked, Cody Bellinger had a home run taken away, and LA lost 8-5 to the lowly Rockies.
And for Bauer, his debut was largely par for the course. He dominated for an overwhelming majority of his outing, showed why the Dodgers signed him to a record-breaking contract (for the most part), and delivered a little bit of his patented trash talking and showboating.
If Bauer can pitch like an NL Cy Young candidate and find ways to consistently put the Astros on blast, his debut season in LA will be everything everyone had hoped for.