In the Sunday paper, Bill Plaschke called Trevor Bauer “officially the biggest embarrassment in Los Angeles Dodgers history.”
Maybe. But history seldom offers a silver lining more glistening than this: If Bauer is on the Dodgers’ roster, Max Scherzer is not.
With Scherzer here in place of Bauer, the Dodgers have a better chance to win the World Series. In his first eight starts with the Dodgers, Scherzer did something Bauer never has done in his career.
None of Bauer’s teams have won eight consecutive games in which he started.
Scherzer has started eight games for the Dodgers. The Dodgers have won every one. Scherzer’s record over those eight games: 6-0, with an 0.88 earned-run average, five walks and 72 strikeouts.
“We’ve had some good runs from starting pitchers, but I think it’s hard for me to pick any other eight-start run,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I just can’t imagine being any better than this, especially with where we’re at in the season.”
If the season ends with the Dodgers in the wild-card game, they might face the San Diego Padres. The Padres have seen Scherzer twice in three weeks. He faced 51 batters. Five reached base. None scored.
On Sunday, he came within five outs of a perfect game against them.
“It’s just kind of amazing to watch greatness,” Mookie Betts said. “You just really appreciate the best of the best when you get to see it every day.”
Scherzer, acquired in a July 30 trade from the Washington Nationals, leads the major leagues with a 2.17 ERA. He could win his fourth Cy Young Award, a standard reached by four other greats: Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton and Greg Maddux. On Sunday, he became the 19th pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts.