Trevor Bauer has been the Indians’ number two starter this postseason, and in that role he has been severely miscast. He didn’t exactly ask for such a responsibility—injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar necessitated it—but nonetheless Bauer has responded with a 5.54 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 13 innings pitched this postseason, plus a disgusting haunted-house pinkie that got him removed from a game in the first inning. Last night, with a chance to clinch Cleveland’s first World Series since 1948, Bauer got chased after allowing three runs in four innings, and it could have been even worse.
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