Bauer (4-4) gave up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high nine in Friday's 5-3 win over the Astros. He's now an incredible 7-0 in seven career starts against Houston. Bauer continues to have trouble keeping the ball in the park, giving up two more homers to leave him with a 2.0 HR/9 and an ugly 6.65 ERA through 44.2 innings, but his 10.7 K/9 is a career high and his 4.81 FIP and 3.40 xFIP suggest he'll be able to shave that ERA down over the summer. The righty's next start comes Wednesday at home against the Reds.
Bauer (3-4) tossed six quality innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven Twins in Sunday's victory. The Twins were held scoreless through the first five frames before denting Bauer's line with a few hits in the sixth and seventh. It was the right-hander's first victory in three tries this month, and just his second quality start of the year. A seventh-inning solo home run -- the eighth long ball he's given up this year -- added to Bauer's brutal 1.9 HR/9. He'll draw the Astros on Saturday as the 26-year-old attempts to notch back-to-back wins.
Despite owning a 2-4 record and 7.36 ERA through six starts, Bauer sees nothing wrong with his pitches and has no plans to make an adjustment, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Bauer's reluctance might seem a bit stubborn, but manager Terry Francona sides with his pitcher's stance. "I thought his stuff was real good [Monday]," Francona said. "I mean, the best all year. And I don't think his stuff's been bad, either. He had a little extra on his fastball. I hope in his mind this is something to build off of, because I thought he did a lot of good stuff." Bauer believes he's "thrown real well" in all but one start this season. "The results are what they are, but if you just look at the quality of the pitches and where I'm locating compared to what the reports say, and all that stuff, I'm executing really well," the right-hander said. It's hard to believe an adjustment isn't needed after Bauer's career-worst start, but at this point, owners will need to decide whether to dump the 26-year-old or ride it out with hopes that better days are ahead.
Bauer (2-4) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks across six innings during Monday's loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out six. Bauer struggled a bit early on, allowing a two-run homer in the second inning and two more runs on three hits in the third. He was able to bounce back thereafter, allowing just two baserunners the rest of the way, but Marcus Stroman's gem on the other side resigned him to his fourth loss of the young season. It's telling that this was actually one of Bauer's better outings in 2017 -- it lowered his hefty ERA to 7.36. He continues to whiff batters at a high rate, but Bauer has been ineffective in nearly all his starts this year. The righty will be a shaky fantasy play even against a substandard Twins lineup in his next start Sunday.
Bauer is expected to make his next start Monday on the road against the Blue Jays, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. The Tribe's rotation was a fluid situation this week with the injury to Corey Kluber (back) and Thursday's rainout in Detroit. Friday, manager Terry Francona confirmed Mike Clevinger would be called up from Triple-A Columbus to take the ball Sunday, a start Bauer could have made. Instead, it appears the righty will get an extra day of rest and toe the rubber in Toronto to open next week's slate.
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