The Cincinnati Reds could be a smart sleeper bet to win the NL Central this season thanks to a very good pitching staff. That unit was bolstered by last season’s trade for Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Bauer’s 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.
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Not too often the two Ohio MLB teams make a trade, but they did at the July 31 deadline a year ago as part of a three-team swap with the San Diego Padres. The Reds sent outfielder Yasiel Puig and minor-league pitcher Scott Moss to Cleveland. The Padres shipped outfielder Franmil Reyes, lefty Logan Allen and infielder/outfielder Victor Nova to the Tribe. Outfielder Taylor Trammell, the Reds’ No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, and No. 30 overall, is headed to San Diego. And the Reds got Bauer.
Bauer has a bit of a reputation of being a … challenging teammate. In fact, Bauer’s last moment on the mound in an Indians uniform was his emotional outburst in which he threw a ball over the center-field wall from the pitcher’s mound out of frustration in Kansas City after the Royals had shelled up. After giving up the four runs, Bauer asked for a new ball from home plate umpire David Rackley before firing the used ball in his glove into the netting near the Royals’ dugout.
“I’m an intense competitor and that fire is what drives me, and today it completely consumed me, took over,” Bauer said after. I just wanted to say I’m sorry for how I behaved. I’ll be better about it. It won’t happen again.” It may have played a role in the Indians trading him as Bauer had been on the block.
Overall last season with the two teams, Bauer – who will be a free agent after the 2020 campaign, even if it’s not played – finished 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA and 253 strikeouts. Bauer ranked among MLB leaders in starts (T1st), innings pitched (3rd) and strikeouts (5th), all career highs. He was 1 of only 7 pitchers to make 34 starts.
Bauer Recorded at least 200 strikeouts for the second consecutive season and at least 30 starts for the third time in 5 years. Since the beginning of the 2018 season, among all Major League pitchers with at least 350 innings, Bauer ranks sixth in strikeouts (474) and ninth in both ERA (3.45) and innings pitched (388.1). In his career he has 27 starts with at least 10 strikeouts, including 8 last year.
This spring, Trevor Bauer had looked solid before MLB shut things down in having given up only one run over nine frames with an 8/1 K/BB ratio. Just hope that Bauer doesn’t face the Twins in 2020. Of the 623 hitters Bauer has faced in his eight-year Major League career, only one has taken him deep five times. That’s Minnesota’s Max Kepler. He did all that damage in two games at Progressive Field on June 6 and July 13 last season. In doing so, Kepler became the only player in the expansion era to hit homers off a single pitcher in five consecutive at-bats during a single season.
“One of the crazier events that I’ve ever been involved in on a big-league field,” Bauer said. “One of the crazier events, I think, that has ever happened in MLB history. … Any time you can be part of one of those crazy stats, which, in 100 years of baseball, has not happened much, is kind of a cool thing, looking back on it.”
Bauer also runs a media company called Momentum, tasked with promoting baseball players and the game off the field. Bauer’s long-term goal with Momentum is to change how baseball is marketed to younger fans. Momentum has established a content partnership with FOX Sports, and the entire venture is funded by Bauer.