Bauer Is a Character

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

As most Dodger fans knew when the Dodgers signed him, Trevor Bauer is a character. The Dodgers lost to the San Diego Padres 2-to-1.

Bauer went three scoreless innings against the Padres. He pitched against some hitters with one eye closed to add more challenge. During this spring training, Bauer has displayed his Cy Young Award form even though he has walked a few hitters. While he has had a superb fastball this spring, his complimentary pitches have been excellent. So far, Bauer is an asset to the Dodger starting rotation.

Fighting for a spot on the 26-man Dodger roster, Tony Gonsolin pitched exceptionally Saturday. While he allowed a hit, he often baffled the Padres, particularly with his breaking pitches. With the Triple-A season starting in early May, Gonsolin probably will make the Opening Day roster.

Brandon Morrow, 36, is a non-roster invitee at Camelback Ranch. Since leaving the Dodgers as a free agent after the 2017 season, Morrow suffered an elbow injury. While he has impressed manager Dave Roberts this spring, Roberts announced Morrow probably will not appear in an exhibition game as he continues to rehabilitate from his elbow injury. Morrow, 36, has an uphill battle to return to the Major Leagues.

Scott Alexander has not been impressive this spring training. After striking out the first Padres to face him, he got into trouble. He was the pitcher who allowed the two runs to the Padres.

This spring the Dodgers have had a spectacular defense. Although people think pitching wins a championship, the defense is equally important as pitching. The Dodgers had outstanding defense last October, enabling the Dodgers to become world champions.

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