Trevor Bauer tried something new in the game against the Padres on Saturday.
The Dodgers pitcher stated that he stood with his right eye closed, and says that this is not the first time he has tried it. Bauer can be seen on the video pointing his eye after getting a strike on Ha-Soong Kim.
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Bauer did not complete his entire outing (three innings) with one eye closed, but said he did the most for the LA Times during the first inning. Mike diagowana. He said that this is something he does to challenge himself.
The strategy mostly worked as Bauer conceded no runs in the innings. However he had some rocky moments to allow a single for Jurickson Pruer and walk Tommy Pham. He also showed a wild pitch in the innings. But he put in a strong performance, beating Victor Caratini and Ha-Soong Kim.
“I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing my stuff aside and trying to find a solution to it. That's how you're improving. Find a way to make yourself uncomfortable. Then with this Get comfortable and do it again. ” Said bauer. “I figured if they couldn't score with one eye open from me, I'd be hard to score with two eyes open. Just having a little fun. There's definitely a reason behind it. If I wanted to share. , I would have already. “
While Bauer never mentioned closing both eyes, manager Dave Roberts said he felt he saw the pitcher in one.
“I think there might be a curve that he closed with both eyes, I don't know,” Roberts said. “But there is a method to his insanity and he worked through it, so clearly that was the key.”
Bauer played three innings, allowing two hits and striking out one and allowing no runs.
While an eye strategy worked for an inning in spring training, we doubt Bauer would attempt it as the regular season got underway.