Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer

SP - CIN
Age: 28College: UCLABats: RThrows: R

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Bauer has had the most maddening season imaginable for a potential ace. He has already allowed five or more runs in eight turns, with one or zero permitted in 11 others. The walk woes also came back in July. The elite strikeout rate and off-the-charts upside keep him relevant, and he could be one tweak away from dominating again, but it's time to pump the brakes on Bauer as a reliable top-20 ace. That's especially the case now that he's pitching in Great American Ballpark with a 7.62 ERA as the newest member of the Reds.

Bauer's season has been a series of major highs and major lows. In all, it has come to a mildly disappointing first half, but somehow still a SP1. It seems now that Cleveland will hang onto him since they are back in the race so perhaps we will get more of the same in the second half.

Bauer is an elite bat-misser, but he's had a big issue with walks this season. Last season showed the upside Bauer possesses when he is in a groove, but the fact it was the only time he posted a sub-4.00 ERA should give fantasy owners pause.