April 19, 2014

WFNY Stats & Info: Putting Bauer’s early command issues into perspective

Trevor Bauer’s performance last night was just the 98th time in MLB history that a starting pitcher had the following stats:

– At least 5.0 IP
– No runs allowed
– At least 6 walks
– Max of 1 hit

Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore had a similar such performance on April 10 this season. No pitchers accomplished this feat in 2012.

Specific to the Indians, when with the Colorado Rockies, Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter on April 17, 2010 qualifies as he managed to walk six Braves despite allowing zero hits.

Justin Masterson was the last Indian to do so, on August 15, 2010 where he walked six Seattle Mariner batters in six innings of work.

Of all MLB pitchers with at least 10 innings under their belt in 2013, Bauer leads the pack with 11.7 walks per nine innings pitched. St. Louis’ Mitchell Boggs is second, a full three walks-per-nine-innings fewer than Bauer.

In MLB history, only 51 pitchers have ever started a season with at least six walks in each of their first two outings. Besides Bauer in 2013, Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey was the most recent to do so in 2009. Only five pitchers then advanced their streak to three games—Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (1977) and Bob Feller (1941) are among this group.

[Related: Indians 6, Phillies 0: Bauer & The Raburn Show Help Tribe to Fourth Straight Win]

  • Harv 21

    Not uncommon for power arms with electric stuff to take a while to learn to downshift to gain some command. Besides Nolan Ryan, there was Randy Johnson and Koufax and even CC scaring the crap out of hitters early in their careers. I understand Bauer is not quite bringing it in the upper 90s, but still looks to me like he’s trying to overthrow at times.

  • Natedawg86

    Are we going to have to shut him down when we make the playoffs this year?

  • Andrew

    I think it’s safe to assume that Bauer is the next Nolan Ryan.

  • mgbode

    thank you. there can only be one Bob Feller afterall.

  • woofersus

    And the common thread is they all had good enough stuff to punch people out and strand the runners. Bauer certainly fits that description. He’ll get bit once in a while, but hopefully as he gets more experience he’ll get better at locating the fastball. He did mention after the game that with the mechanics adjustments he’s made he’ll sometimes get out of whack for a few pitches and then dial it back in, and that he’s not just trying to nibble. I thought it was great that he was willing to throw any pitch in any count for the most part.

    Don’t think Gomes punched him in the face or anything either. Maybe the problem in AZ wasn’t Bauer….

  • saggy

    i was actually most impressed with that hook he threw to freeze Howard for strike-3. Nice pitch. Good to see that in the arsenal, and the confidence to throw it.

  • Felix Krull

    I counted four distinct offspeed pitches – change, slider, curve and split – that Bauer threw yesterday to go with a four seam fastball and what looked like a cutter, because it was harder than the slider. At some point, the guy’s gotta stop shaking off the catcher (who I assume had one finger down) and just throw the damn fastball so he can learn how to command it consistently in a game. Really, with a fastball that good, he should be throwing it at least 80% of the time in the early innings.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Forget about the curve ball, Ricky. Give him the heater!