Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer got knocked around again on Thursday night, to put it lightly.
In his most recent start at home vs. the Orioles, Bauer's outing was ugly despite the team's 14-7 victory. He tossed five innings and gave up seven earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out just three.
Not only was Bauer ineffective, he was just owned by one of the worst teams in baseball. Getting rocked at home against an Orioles team coming directly off a doubleheader is simply unacceptable for a pitcher of his caliber.
In each of his last two home starts, Trevor Bauer has allowed seven earned runs in five innings.— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) May 17, 2019
His line from tonight: 5 IP, 7 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. He threw 99 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Throwing 99 pitches in just five innings is far from economical. What's also alarming is his propensity for giving up the long ball, as seen with the two homers he gave up on Thursday.
Trevor Bauer gives up multiple homers in a game for the third time this season as Trey Mancini launches a three-run blast. The Orioles lead it, 5-1 in the third.— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) May 16, 2019
Despite the less-than-ideal trends affecting Bauer's pitching style, his ERA still sits at a respectable 3.76 for the season. However, with Corey Kluber out for the forseeable future, the Indians desperately need Bauer to fill in as the team's temporary No. 1 starter.
Then again, if the offense plays like it does tonight, then it won't matter, but Bauer will need to pick it up because the Tribe need to keep pace with the Twins.