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Trevor Bauer has made four starts for the Diamondbacks this year, and the results so far have not been very good. In those four starts, he has only been able to accumulate 16.1 Innings, while he has walked 13 batters and hit one more. He also has allowed two home runs and been charged with two wild pitches. The overall numbers show an ugly 6.06 ERA (5.15 FIP) and a 1.65 WHIP. There has been one obvious problem for Bauer so far - he has had very poor command of his breaking pitches.
Curve - Called Ball
Using Bauer's data from the Brooks Baseball PitchFX site, we can see that Bauer has thrown his curve ball 42 times, out of 293 pitches (18.3%). Out of these 42 curves, 28 (66.7%) have been called balls. Of the remaining 14 curves. 4 were swung on and missed, 2 were fouled off, 6 were put into play, and only 2 were "called" strikes by the umpire. As a point of comparison, here are the percentages of curves called for balls by other Diamondbacks' pitchers:
Since Bauer has been unable to consistently throw his curve for strikes, batters have basically been able to ignore his curve and wait for a fastball or changeup. The table below shows how often batters swing at a pitch from each of the Diamondbacks' starters - Bauer has the lowest Swing % of the group, and his 39.8 Swing % makes him one of only 3 NL starters below 40% (YGallardo and VWorley are the two others).
One factor to consider with Bauer is that he has been battling a minor groin injury for the last several weeks. He has tweeted several times that his velocity, and perhaps his command as well, have been affected by this problem. But Bauer is still confident that he can get back on track, saying after Tuesday's game "I just couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to. I'll fix it. I'll be fine." He will probably get one more chance this Sunday at home against the Astros. Hopefully that start will go well for Bauer, but if it does not, the Diamondbacks may decide to bring back Patrick Corbin (AAA: 3-2, 3.57 ERA, 36 K/13 BB in 40.1 IP) or give Tyler Skaggs an opportunity (AAA: 2-0, 2.65 ERA, 12K/3BB in 17 IP). With the team 7 Games Behind the division leading Giants, they can't afford to wait for Bauer much longer.
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Trevor Bauer is headed back to the minor leagues for additional seasoning -- and hopefully improved control.
The Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they have optioned Bauer to Triple-A Reno and recalled right-handed reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.
Bauer, Arizona's highly touted first-round draft pick in 2011, has struggled with his control in four starts since being recalled...
Trevor Bauer’s first tour of duty in the big leagues is officially over as the Arizona Diamondbacks shipped the 21-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday. The move came a day after the worst of Bauer’s four starts in the majors.
On Tuesday night he lasted only three innings in a 4-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He walked five, threw two wild pitches, had an...
The Arizona Diamondbacks returned right-handerTrevor Bauer to Class AAA Reno on Wednesday to refine his game, a day after the least effective of his four major league starts. Bauer never seemed to find a rhythm in a 4-0 loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday, walking five, throwing two wild pitches and making an errant pickoff throw. The Reds got only one hit off him, Ryan Ludwick'...
Following Trevor Bauer‘s Tuesday start against Cincinnati — three innings, five walks, one hit (a home run) and three earned runs — the Diamondbacks returned their top prospect to the minor leagues. In four starts with Arizona this season, Bauer lasted just 16.1 innings. He struck out 17 but walked 13 and allowed two home runs. The result is an ERA of 6.06, a FIP of 5.15, and...
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Bauer blew opponents away with superior stuff in his half-season in the minor leagues this year despite walking a batter every other inning. Bauer has not been able to get away with less than top command in his four starts in the major leagues, a point Cincinnati drove home behind right-hander Johnny Cueto in a 4-0 victory over the D-backs...
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Here are the latest rumors on Justin Upton, with any updates throughout the day added at the bottom.
**Last night, Buster Olney had the following tweet about how the Pirates match up with Arizona.
It still appears the Pirates and the Diamondbacks don’t match up on a Justin Upton trade. PIT has pitching, but Ariz. priority is SS help.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012...
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Kubel was out of the lineup for four games because of the hamstring. He hit a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo homer in...
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