OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes the ball from Trevor Bauer #27 taking him out of the game against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 07, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Bauer getting yanked too late from Roberts turns costly

Dave Roberts sending Trevor Bauer out to pitch the 7th inning after giving up 4 runs and with a pitch count of 104, is a decision that turned for the worst.

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After thumping the Rangers 12-1 on Friday night, the Rangers decided to pull out an Uno reverse card and return the favor last night by beating the Dodgers 12-1. 

Saturday was a miserable display of offense and about as ugly as the right side of Gustavo Fring’s face after Hector Salamanca tapped a bell one too many times.

Unless Jacob Degrom’s starting and 2004 Eric Gagne is coming in for relief, you won’t win a game when the only run comes off a solo shot. 

With that said, this game was truly lost when Roberts sent Bauer back out to pitch in the 7th inning. At the time, he had already given up 4 runs and was entering the inning with a pitch count of 104. 

By no means was Bauer dismal last night, but he didn’t have it and admitted that his crown jewel curveball wasn’t there as well. 

It was a strange game where the baseball gods decided to giveth and taketh. Adolis Garcia missed third base in the third inning when rounding home on a Joey Gallo single and later ruled out after an appeal.

The taketh also came in the 3rd inning from a booted fly ball from Gold Glover Mookie Betts that would turn into 2 runs for the Rangers.

While he did have 8 K’s, and his called strikes/whiff numbers were relatively similar to season averages, his spin rate was down once again. Whether this correlates with MLB cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances is a discussion for another time. The fact of the matter is that Roberts should never have sent him out there for another inning. 

Granted, he did have a solid 1-2-3 6th inning, but that’s where it should have ended for the reigning Cy Young winner.  

Many expected Bauer to have a tight leash and get pulled as soon as someone reached base in the 7th inning, but Roberts had other plans. 

After Bauer got Jason Martin to line out to center-field to start the inning, he gave up a double to Isiah Kiner-Falafa, followed by a Willie Calhoun triple down the right-field line. Doc then removed Bauer for David Price, and 2 pitches later, Adolis Garcia singled in Calhoun, and boom, just like that, it was 6-0 Rangers. 

The Rangers doubled that total after tagging RHP Nate Jones for 4 and position player Andy Burns for 2 in the 9th.

In the blink of an eye, the game went from competitive to maybe it’s ok to call it a night and get to bed early to catch up on errands before Sunday’s afternoon game against the Rangers. 

 

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