Monday, March 1, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers opened their exhibition home schedule with a 10-to-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Throughout the six innings, the Dodger pitching shined. Trevor Bauer made his Dodger debut and pitched two innings. His main attraction to the Dodgers was his brainy approach to baseball.
At UCLA, Bauer was an engineering major before being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. The following year he made his Major-League debut as a Diamondbacks.
Bauer bounced around the Diamondbacks, the Cleveland Indians, and the Cincinnati Reds. At times before the shortened 2020 season, he showed his eventual brilliance, but at other times, control problems plagued Bauer. He loved to study baseball analytics to attempt to improve. During his career, he has experimented with 19 different pitches.
In the abbreviated 2020 season, Bauer had an outstanding season with the Reds where he won the National League Cy Young Award. He was 5-4 with a 1.74 ERA and 100 strikeouts even though he did not have adequate offensive support.
Going through free agency, Bauer wanted a partnership with his new team. He wanted to exchange ideas with the team on how to improve his pitching. He signed a lucrative contract with his hometown Dodgers. The Dodgers are open to new ideas. While the Dodgers probably will not let him start every 4th day like Bauer wants to, the Dodgers like Bauer’s attitude.
Monday, Bauer looked sharp. In his two innings throwing 28 pitches, he did not experience any trouble.
Tony Gonsolin, Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, and Victor González made their 2021 debut, and all looked great. Jansen made the Rockies appear silly when he threw nine strikes during his inning since his pitches had a ridiculous amount of movement.
While the Dodgers looked like world champions, the Rockies had many problems with their offense and defense. They did not have good fundamentals. Dodger’s DJ Peters homered and made a splendid defensive play in center field.