Bauer went four innings against the Angels on Sunday, allowing one run on one hit (a home run to Arismendy Alcantara), striking out four while walking one, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. After the outing, Bauer declared himself ready for the season to begin. "I'm able to command all my pitches, the velo is there and I'm recovering well. My prep is good. I was 94-95 [mph] today with basically no adrenaline. All of my stuff is sharp." Bauer has had a superb spring, giving up one run over nine innings and striking out eight against just one walk.
Bauer threw two scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday in his spring training debut, striking out two without allowing a hit or a walk. Bauer was really efficient in this outing, throwing 17 of his 23 pitches in the strike zone. While being careful not to conclude too much out of a February spring training outing, it's worth watching Bauer's command this spring, and this was a good start.
Bauer signed a one-year, $17.5 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The 28-year-old required arbitration hearings each of the past two seasons in Cleveland, but he was able to avoid a hearing with Cincinnati. It's Bauer's final year before hitting free agency, and he'll look to rebound from an inconsistent 2019 in which he had a 4.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 253:82 K:BB across 213 innings between the Indians and Reds.
Bauer won't make Sunday's scheduled start at Pittsburgh as he continues to battle an illness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Bauer was originally slated to start Saturday before having the outing pushed back a day, but he's apparently still not well enough to pitch in the season finale. The 28-year-old finishes the season with a 4.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 253:82 K:BB across 213 frames in 34 starts between the Reds and the Indians.
Bauer's next start has been pushed to Sunday due to an illness, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Bauer was originally scheduled to start Saturday before coming down with the illness. He's compiled a 4.48 ERA and 253 strikeouts in 34 starts (213 innings) and will look to finish the season on a high note Sunday.
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