Trevor Bauer went back to the spring training lab Thursday night. Part of his tinkering included pitching with one eye closed again.
This time, one of his peek-a-boo pitches went awry; a curveball hung inside and hit Mariners batter Ty France.
Bauer had a typically esoteric explanation for why he flew half-blind on the mound. Per MLB.com:
“So, the first inning, my right eye wasn’t really like focusing well, for whatever reason. I did some CO2 exhalation stuff and kind of locked that back in. I’m not sure if it was the lighting or what it was, but I felt like my head was swimming.”
LA’s newest starter scuffled for 3 1/3 innings against Seattle, walking four but allowing just one run. He also struck out four.
Bauer used the one-eye technique for a few pitches against the Padres his last time out. He declined to tell reporters after the outing why he does it.
“There’s definitely a reason behind it. If I wanted to share, I would have already,” he said, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Bauer is one of three candidates to start on Opening Day for the Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts has not yet announced who will take the mound April 1 vs. the Rockies. He could also go with Clayton Kershaw or Walker Buehler.