Trevor Bauer had a career season on the mound in 2020, but his trolling prowess on Twitter has remained the most dominant aspect of his game.
With Yankees fans undoubtedly in their feelings Wednesday night as their team fell 8-4 in Game 3 of the ALDS, pushing New York to the brink of elimination, Bauer decided to give them a little bit of hope (or perhaps false hope) for next season.
“Kinda looks like the Yankees could use some more starting pitching,” Bauer wrote. “Interesting.”
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Bauer, of course, is a free agent this coming offseason and is by far the best pitcher on the market after putting up a stellar, albeit short, 2020 campaign: a 5-4 record with a 1.73 ERA, 0.795 WHIP and 100 strikeouts (career-high 12.3 Ks per nine innings). He also showed he had what it takes to get the job done in October, becoming the first pitcher to record 12 strikeouts, zero walks and two or fewer hits in a postseason game.
Unfortunately for Bauer, the Reds offense wasn’t able to provide him with enough support. Cincinnati fell to the Braves 1-0 after 13 innings.
After Bauer’s recent comments on MLB Network Radio, it seems there’s good chance he won’t be coming back to Cincinnati next season.
“I want to win,” Bauer said. “I want to be with a team that has a winning culture. I want to be there in the playoffs. I want a chance at a World Series. That’s one thing that really drives me. I want a chance to pitch every fourth day instead of every fifth. That really drives me. Going along with that: how’s the medical staff? How’s the technology — the information that’s available on the coaching staff? What’s the culture of the organization like?”
If Bauer wants a chance to win, the Yankees certainly offer him a better chance to do that. Despite being down 2-1 to the Rays after Wednesday’s loss, the Bronx Bombers have had no shortage of offense this postseason, scoring 40 runs over five games. Although his point about the medical staff could raise some concern for Yankees fans given the plethora of injuries the team has suffered in the last two seasons. Perhaps most notable amongst those injured is former Cy Young candidate Luis Severino, who missed most of last season and all of this season after having Tommy John surgery.
Still, you’ve got to admit, Bauer in the Bronx would be a fun pairing: one of the few guys in the league who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind and the most voracious sports media market in the country. Oh, and a rotation with him, Gerrit Cole and (potentially) Severino could be fun, too.
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