If you didn’t watch Wednesday’s game and only check out the box score, you’re going to want to blame Trevor Bauer for this 5-1 defeat. But before complaining about the Indians pitching again, take a look at some of the replays and stats from this game.
Bauer actually pitched an excellent game, with the exception of one fluky second inning which features a lot of bloops and bad defense.
It all started with a Khris Davis triple, which probably should have been caught by Lonnie Chisenhall in right field. The issues continued later that inning on an infield popup which definitely should have been caught by Carlos Santana to end the inning.
To better put into perspective just how unlucky Bauer was today, not a single ball hit by the A’s was classified as “well-hit” by Inside Edge. It was the first time this season, and third time in his career, Bauer completed a start with a .000 well-hit average.
However, Bauer also wasn’t dominant today. He limited the hard-hit balls, but he didn’t generate a ton of easy outs either. Inside Edge also tracks soft-hit balls, and Bauer generated a season-low soft-hit average of .034 today.
So basically everything the A’s hit today was in the middle ground which is where bad luck and defense can have a huge impact on the game—which was certainly the case today.
Other notes and thoughts on the game…
Bryan Shaw, everyone’s least favorite reliever, continues to dominate. Including today’s outing he has a 1.32 ERA and 1.13 WHIP dating back to June 17. Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen legitimately might be the best trio of bullpen arms among all playoff teams this year.
Roberto Perez belted his first home run of the season. Perez will never been an asset in the lineup, but hopefully this helps builds some confidence so he turns into at least a respectable hitter down the stretch.
Jose Ramirez went 2-4, raising his batting average to .331 since the All-Star Break. Since the Tribe moved into Jacobs Field in 1994, only 14 players have hit over .330 in the second half. Victor Martinez has the top mark in that span at .380 in 2005.