It was a rough Sunday for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer.
The right-hander labored through six innings of work to the tune of 113 pitches and then tried to convince manager Dave Roberts to let him take the mound the seventh. Roberts wasn’t having it.
Then, the Dodgers lost 2-1, which was the game’s score after the third inning. No more action for the next six frames. An indictment on LA’s largely putrid and inconsistent offense, yet again.
Just barely over a month into the season, the defending World Series champs have already matched their loss total from 2020 during the shortened pandemic. Truly wild.
As for Bauer, he’s really not happy about it.
And while his honesty is admirable, this is the cherry on top of the horrific 5-15 run.
Trevor Bauer expressed his frustration with the Dodgers’ losing ways.
The newcomer, who also happens to be the league’s highest-paid player in 2021, is calling out his new team (and rightfully so!) because they aren’t winning … which is the reason he signed with them. This is probably the loudest commentary from a critical standpoint we’ve heard over the last 20 games, too.
Any team leaders there? Justin Turner? Clayton Kershaw? Corey Seager? Mookie Betts? Walker Buehler? Kershaw did say that the Dodgers “need to figure it out right now” after Sunday’s loss, but that doesn’t feel like enough.
Everyone knows Bauer speaks his mind and isn’t one to shy away from the media, but he simply can’t be the one vocalizing the team’s woes and holding everyone accountable. That’s for an established Dodgers veteran.
Then again, every bit helps. You’d likely prefer it to be Bauer acting as a secondary voice, but if he has to be the primary one that lights the fire under these guys, then so be it. After all, he’s hardly been part of the problem (along with the rest of the starting rotation). Injuries have contributed to losses here and there, but overall, the performances from the offense and bullpen have been downright unacceptable.
Though it might be a rough look for the team at this very moment, it could be a turning point in the season as well as one with Bauer’s behavior. The last time we saw him this angry, he threw a ball over the center field fence at Kauffman Stadium and then the Indians promptly traded him.
Now, he’s expressing displeasure with something that shouldn’t be tolerated … and he’s doing so in a manner that’s appropriate yet bold. Time for somebody to turn this around.