Let the Trevor Bauer chants begin again. After Patrick Corbin struggled through his second start Saturday, phenom Trevor Bauer became a likely candidate to get a turn in the rotation should Kirk Gibson look for an alternative. Bauer’s performance yesterday did nothing to remove his name from the list of alternatives as he pitched seven inning of 1-hit ball as the Baybears rolled to an 11-0 victory over Jacksonville.
It’s a return to form for Bauer who was coming off two uncharacteristic starts. On Sunday, Bauer struck out 5 batters, but once again showed boughts of wildness as he walked 5 batters. He threw 103 pitches with just 61 for strikes.
However, starting pitching isn’t the problem with the D-Backs right now. Knuckelballer R.A. Dickey of the Mets is the latest starting pitcher to baffle the D-backs, who have averaged just over 3 runs a game for the last 6 contests. Chris Young‘s injury is certainly beginning to loom as the offense has struggled especially without Young’s hot bat. No D-backs regular is hitting over .270 and despite having fewer than half the at-bats as the regulars, Young still leads the D-Backs in home runs and is tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the lead in RBIs with 13.
So while the Diamondbacks–and one of baseball’s–top pitching prospect got back to shining, he might not be needed for awhile. It’s really a top hitting prospect that the D-Backs could use at this moment.