Trevor Bauer is none too pleased with the state of his new team.
The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher was brutally honest about how he felt following a 2-1 loss to the Angels on Sunday in which he allowed two runs over six innings pitched.
It marked the fifth straight series the Dodgers lost and dropped the defending World Series champions into third place in the NL West.
“I’m pissed,” Bauer said after the loss. “I freaking hate losing. That’s why I came here. We’re not playing up to our capability. I’m mad. I’m not going to speak for anybody else.”
The Dodgers only trail the San Francisco Giants — one of MLB’s biggest surprises this season — by 2.5 games in the division, but Bauer appeared to suggest that while it is still early, this is a wake-up call for the team.
“It’s early and you can say it’s early and you can say there’s no need to panic and you can say all these things, and they’re all true,” Bauer added. “But at the end of the day, we’re not just going to roll the bats and balls out there and win baseball games.”
Bauer, whom the Dodgers signed to a three-year, $102 million deal this offseason, was added to fortify a starting rotation that aimed to defend its World Series title.
It appeared as if the Dodgers were poised to do just that — starting the season 13-2 — but the team has now lost 15 of their last 20 games and dropped five consecutive series for the first time since 2017.
“We’re not just going to sleepwalk our way to winning another division title and going to the World Series again,” Bauer said. “That’s not how it works. You’ve got to go out there and beat someone every day and we haven’t been good at it, we need to be better.”