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When requested after the sport whether or not he believed he had performed sufficient to earn the Nationwide League‘s Cy Younger award, he replied, “I do not understand how you could possibly see it every other approach,” per Bob Nightengale of USA Right now.
Bauer is 5-Four with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 73.Zero innings.
ESPN’s Cy Younger predictor is not as excessive on Bauer’s possibilities. He is 10th on the NL pitcher rankings, with Atlanta Braves southpaw Max Fried and Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish tied up high.
Bauer has the most effective ERA amongst all starters on that checklist and the second-best ERA general behind solely Chicago Cubs nearer Jeremy Jeffress. He is additionally No. 1 in each strikeouts and shutouts.
Nonetheless, his 5-Four document is ugly in comparison with others. Fried is 7-0, and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is 6-2.
Voters may additionally use group document towards Bauer. He is on a mediocre 29-28 Reds group combating for a playoff berth, whereas Fried, Darvish and Kershaw are enjoying on division leaders (or clinched winners, in Kershaw’s case).
Nonetheless, judging pitchers by wins and losses is a largely archaic technique as of late. Statistics similar to XFIP, strikeout fee and SIERA have proved way more precious.
The Cy Younger can also be given to the most effective pitcher in every league and never essentially the most precious, which brings with it an edge and bias towards gamers on higher groups. In different phrases, the Reds’ up-and-down season should not be held towards Bauer.
Bauer has been lights-out this yr and has clear benefits over different pitchers within the area. Whereas he will not be a shoo-in for the award, he can clearly make a case for being the NL’s high starter.