Dodgers P Trevor Bauer Was Electric Friday Night, Striking Out 11 Giants

Next Time You Boo Trevor Bauer Make Sure to Turn Up the Volume

Bauer is an electric factory who is going to dominate every five days whether you like it or not

“Trevor Bauer is going to be a toxic presence in the locker room.”

“His social media theatrics and constant vlogging is nothing but a distraction to his teammates who are there to win ball games.”

“His Cy Young award during the 60-game COVID-shortened season was a complete fluke, and he will always be a below-the-fold starter who belongs in the backend of a rotation.”

If you have found yourself typing or uttering phrases akin to those mentioned above, I have one question:

After going ballistic against the Giants, throwing 6.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, to the tune of 11 Ks, he’s now top-five in the NL in WAR for pitchers (2.2), ERA (1.98), wins (5), WHIP (.770), and leads the league in strikeouts with 88.

Bar none, the most memorable outing of the year so far by any Dodgers starter. 

The Dodgers are facing their rival Giants in a game that holds value for the first time since Barack Obama was in the oval office, and are now two wins away from potentially snatching sole control of first place, barring what the Padres, who are a half-game ahead, do in their series against the Mariners. 

Bauer got Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow to say “that’s weak” after doing his infamous sheathing, a sword celebration after catching Alex Dickerson looking for a strikeout to get out of a jam in the fourth. 

Poor Krukow had no idea that was only a chaser for the big shot of Fireball that was coming in the 7th inning. 

Before I touch on that, many fans were galvanized to see that Roberts was letting Bauer hop back on the mound in the 7th with a high pitch count. Bauer would go on to end the night with 126 pitches, which marks a season high, and one shy of his career high set in 2019 against the Royals. For most pitchers it would result in needing an IV and a week-long vacation, but not for the self-proclaimed “reigning, defending, undisputed” champ.

On his way back to the dugout after pitch No. 126, Bauer gave fans a moment that was a blend of Walter White’s “I am the one who knocks” and when Kanye rapped “Screams from the haters got a nice ring to it” on his hit song Power.

When you see the side by side of Bauer from last night and Tommy Lasorda from years ago:

And Bauer’s reaction in the postgame press conference:

It all combines for his crowning moment.

Last night was going to be the turning point for when those that doubted him and kept their appreciation coy finally realized that he was worth every penny of the 3-year/$102 million deal. 

For those that abide by the unwritten rules of baseball and think that players should behave like they are in church on Sundays, it’s tough luck.

Bauer’s performances so far this year would already be an enjoyable watch because of the complete domination. But when you factor in the press conferences, social media posts and his own personal flare, you, my friend are getting a whirlwind of electricity.