Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer

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

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KC @ CLE
Sat, 7/20 7:10pm
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Rank P #7
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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.

While seemingly every other ace struggled out of the gate, Bauer dominated in April. He has since watched his ERA and FIP balloon to 3.74 and 4.20, respectively, in a maddening series of up-and-down starts. He has already allowed five or more runs in five turn, with one or zero permitted in seven others. At least the walks have settled down recently. The elite strikeout rate and off-the-charts upside keep him among the top starters, and he could be one tweak away from dominating again, but it's time to pump the brakes on Bauer as a reliable ace.

It is early but Bauer was so sensational in his first two outings that you can make a case for him having surpassed Chris Sale as the 3rd best pitcher in baseball. Keep in mind, he was on pace for over 250 Ks before his freak leg injury last season.