Opinion: Trevor Bauer conquers Coors Field in dazzling debut with Los Angeles Dodgers

DENVER — This is baseball’s graveyard for pitchers.

Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies since 1995, has a history of chewing up and spitting out Hall of Famers and Cy Young winners.

This house of horrors couldn’t wait to wrap its hands around the new rich kid on the block from Los Angeles.

Well, if Trevor Bauer’s Dodger debut Friday night at Coors was any indication, the National League West is in a whole heap of trouble.

Don’t let the final box score from the Dodgers’ 11-6 victory, or Bauer’s final pitching line (6⅓ innings, three hits, four runs and 10 strikeouts), fool you.

He was better than that.

Much, much better.

Really, almost historically better.

Bauer, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, resurrected memories of the historic Sept. 17, 1996 evening when Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo threw the only no-hitter in the history of Coors Field.

For six brilliant innings, it sure looked like Bauer would pitch the second one, strutting off the mound inning after inning, glaring at a few of his strikeout victims, and looking as relaxed as if he was playing whiffle ball in his backyard.


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