Bauer's next start has been pushed to Saturday against the Royals, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. The Indians have shaken up their rotation over the final six days of the season after clinching the division Monday. This move means Bauer could start Game 1 of the ALDS on normal rest if Corey Kluber (groin) can't make that start.
Bauer (11-7) allowed six runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over 5.1 innings in a loss Tuesday to the White Sox. Bauer was dealing through five innings, as he had allowed just one lone run and had induced nine groundouts to go with six strikeouts. But he lost his grip in the sixth, as he issued a walk and four singles before he was finally lifted. His bullpen didn't help him out, as all three runners he left on base would eventually score. Bauer has shown flashes of brilliance that have helped him put together a career best 4.06 ERA, but his inconsistency continues to hold him back from reaching the next level.
Bauer (11-6) managed an ugly win Thursday afternoon against the Astros. He pitched five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks while notching just two strikeouts. After Bauer yielded a towering, two-run homer to Colby Rasmus in the sixth, Indians manager Terry Francona pulled the plug on the starter's day at 79 pitches. Despite Thursday being one of Bauer's worst performances of the season, he was able to capitalize on the Tribe's offensive outpouring to earn his 11th win, matching last season's career high mark. The right-hander still sports a career-best 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 160.1 innings. Bauer will look to capture a career-best 12th win when he toes the rubber Tuesday on the road against the White Sox.
Bauer (10-6) allowed just three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 8.1 innings on Saturday Bauer now has strung together four consecutive quality starts and has proven himself to be a solid back end-end starter behind the Indians bigger name arms. His 10-6 record, 3.79 ERA and 1.296 WHIP are respectable, but fantasy owners should note that both his ERA and WHIP have back-slidden noticeably since the All-Star break.
Bauer shut out the Twins for six innings in a no-decision Monday, giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out four. Bauer has had his struggles since the All-Star break, but had his good stuff going on Monday. The 25-year-old had a 5.20 post-break ERA before Monday's start, but still owns a strong 3.73 ERA for the season. Bauer's next start will come Sunday against the Marlins.