Exiled to Japan, Cy Young winner reigns as June MVP. Continued to pitch well in July

Foreign pitcher Trevor Bauer of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars has been named the Central League MVP for June.

The Nippon Baseball Organization announced the June MVPs on June 11, with Kazuma Okamoto of the Yomiuri Giants joining Bauer in the Central League, and Orix Buffaloes pitcher Sachiya Yamasaki and catcher Yuma Tongu in the Pacific League.

Bauer made four appearances in June, all of which were quality starts. In 30 1/3 innings, he posted a 2.08 ERA and struck out 38 batters. On the season, he is 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 10 starts. He’s tied for fifth in wins and fifth in strikeouts.토토사이트

He keeps getting better. In May, he went 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA in four games, which caused some concern, but in June, he won four games to become the MVP, and in July, he is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts. He extended his winning streak to five games with a complete-game, four-hit shutout at home against Jacurt Swaros on July 7.

Bauer won the National League Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020 and was one of the best pitchers in the majors before signing a huge three-year, $120 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he was released amid allegations of assaulting women, and when no one in the majors called, he turned to Japan and dramatically joined Yokohama.

In 21 games, Okamoto hit a Central League-leading seven home runs, drove in 19 runs, and went 7-for-6 at the plate, and was named the Most Valuable Player in the exchange.

Yamasaki won four games and pitched 27 innings with a 2.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts. Tongu batted 3-for-7 with 27 RBIs and seven home runs in 22 games.

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