Cleveland pitcher, Trevor Bauer has been making some wild claims about his future performance over the 2019 season. According to him, he’s a lock for the Cy Young award. It’s not surprising that he thinks so. Bauer is notorious for mouthing off. But can he really back up his claims?
After hearing his cockiness in interviews, many fans might root against Bauer winning the Cy Young. But they may be disappointed. Bauer has had a great start to the season, giving up just one hit in each of his first two outings. Each time he pitched seven innings. Two hits in 14 innings is an impressive start. If he can keep it up, he certainly has a chance to win the Cy Young award.
Bauer also says that he’s in the top 10 pitchers in the league for best changeup, slider, and curve ball. Well, it’s possible that he’s right. If we go by the percentage of the time batters get on base facing each of his pitches, he was in the top ten for both his changeup and his slider last season. He was in the 20’s for his curveball but that could improve.
His main issue at the moment seems to be control. He walked six batters his last time on the mound. Putting six men on base is a good way to give up runs. If he does that every game, he may have a difficult time keeping his ERA down. But last season he had an ERA of 2.21, so control may not be much of an issue after all.
Bauer certainly is cocky and perhaps not a fan favorite. He’s had some trouble on Twitter recently. But it can’t be disputed that he’s a top MLB pitcher. Whether you like him or not, count his name in the running for the Cy Young.