Trevor Bauer says he pitched with one eye closed vs. Padres

Trevor Bauer decided to try something new in Saturday’s game against the Padres.

The Dodgers pitcher said he pitched with his right eye closed, and says it’s not the first time he’s tried it. Bauer could be seen on video pointing towards his eye after getting a strikeout on Ha-seong Kim.

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Bauer didn’t go his entire outing (three innings) with one eye closed, but said he did for most of the first inning, per L.A. Times’ Mike DiGiovanna. He said it’s something he does on occasion to challenge himself.

The strategy mostly worked as Bauer didn’t allow any runs in the inning. Although he did have a few rocky moments in allowing a single to Jurickson Profar and walking Tommy Pham. He also had a wild pitch in the inning. But he finished strong, striking out Victor Caratini and Ha-seong Kim.

“I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing different stuff my way and trying to find a solution for it. That’s how you improve. Find a way to make yourself uncomfortable, then get comfortable with it and do it again,” Bauer said. “I figured if they can’t score off of me with one eye open, it will be difficult to score off me with two eyes open. Just having a little bit of fun. There’s definitely a reason behind it. If I wanted to share, I would have already.”

While Bauer didn’t mention ever closing both eyes, manager Dave Roberts said he thought he saw the pitcher sneak one in.

“I think there might have been one curve that he threw with both eyes closed, I don’t know,” Roberts said. “But there is a method to his madness and he worked through it, so apparently that was the key.”

Bauer pitched three innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out three and giving up no runs.

While the one eye strategy worked for an inning in spring training, we doubt Bauer will try attempting this once the regular season gets underway.

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