Trevor Bauer (32) of the Yokohama DeNA Baystars is in danger of being demoted to the second team after three games since his debut in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Bauer, 메이저사이트who won the National League Cy Young Award in 2020, is a special ace with a record of 83 wins, 69 losses and an average ERA of 3.79 in 222 major league games (1297⅔ innings). However, in June 2021, he was accused of sexual assault, and as a result, he was not prosecuted, but was suspended for 194 games and was virtually removed from the major leagues.
Bauer, who hadn’t pitched for over a year, eventually chose to advance to Japan by signing a contract with Yokohama for 3 million dollars a year. Japanese fans showed great interest and great anticipation at the news that Bauer, who won the Cy Young Award, was coming.
However, Bauer’s performance has not met expectations at all. He is recording sluggish performance with an average ERA of 8.40 with 1 win and 2 losses in 3 games (15 innings). In his first appearance, he recorded a 1-run victory over Hiroshima in 7 innings, but collapsed in the following 2 games with 14 runs in 8 innings (13 earned).
On the 17th, the Japanese media Chunichi Shimbun said, “Bauer trained with a camera before the match against Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Director Daisuke Miura avoided commenting on future pitching plans, saying, “There is nothing I can say right now.”
Bauer recorded a loss against Hiroshima on the 16th with 8 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 7 runs in 2 innings. His fastball’s highest velocity was 157 km/h, so he had good velocity and pitch, but he was repeatedly attacked by batters. Bauer, who said, “I had bad luck today,” said, “After two strikes, his batting average is only 1.7. There is no case like today where 70% of the balls hit. He regretted, saying, “The fastball, cutter, curveball, and splitter all made contact.”
As Bauer was completely attacked, coach Miura said, “(From the match against Yomiuri), the hitting ball that came out with a clear grasp of the type of pitch has continued for two consecutive games. There seems to be something,” suggesting the possibility that the pitching habit was exposed. However, Bauer did not agree with that opinion, saying, “Even if you know what ball is coming, 70% is not right.”
Manager Miura said, “Bauer has to do it right again. He needs to be approached in different ways to get better,” he said, not completely denying Bauer’s second military scenario. Although he avoided mentioning Bauer’s 2nd military campaign, he acknowledged the need for adjustment, saying, “I will prepare how to take the ball and attack the hitters with the battery coach and others.”
Bauer, who was praised as the strongest foreign pitcher of all time, fell into a position where he had to worry about going to the second army less than a month after his first appearance. Will Bauer succeed in rebounding in his next appearance? Director Miura encouraged Bauer, saying, “Let’s do our best.”