Today Major League Baseball will get a look at Trevor Baur. The Cleveland Indians had little choice but to call Bauer up from Triple A Columbus to fill a vacant starter role left in the line-up by an injured Scott Kazmir who suffered a strained his right rib cage.
Bauer had his major league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in June of 2012, he has a 1-2 win loss record recording 17 strike-outs and 6.06 earned run average. The Indians hope Bauer can fair a little better tonight. He has to be able to give the Tribe at least 6 good innings of solid pitching against the Rays who have a very solid pitching staff.
Bauer was the third selection of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and is considered to be a top pitching prospect.Now with the Indians, he will have a chance to show Indians manager Terry Francona his stuff.
If Bauer can come up today and pitch well, the Indians will face a tough decision on keeping him in the big league rotation. Bauer is faced with a tough task of keeping his Indians in the game against a tough Tampa Bay rays team.
Bauer has to pitch well out of the gate. He can’t afford to give the Rays any help. With the Rays pitching staff holding the Tribe to only 2 hits in their first meeting of the 2013 season, this one could turn out to be a pitching duel.
The Indians also have to get Bauer some run support. Somehow the team has to come up with a formula to hit the Rays pitchers. If the Tribe can score some runs early, it would be a big help to Bauer. The Indians need to find a win in Tampa bay. They started out the season with 2 wins and are now playing .500 ball with a record of 2-2.
It is still early in the season and there is plenty of baseball left to be played. If Bauer can get off to a good start, he will help the Indians greatly. The starting pitching rotation was a question mark coming into the 2013 season. Bauer can help at least one of those questions get answered with a solid outing tonight.
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