Trevor Bauer's combative Twitter persona comes back to haunt him vs. Alex Bregman

Alex Bregman is putting together quite a postseason resume in just two years. (AP Photo)
Alex Bregman is putting together quite a postseason resume in just two years. (AP Photo)

If there was a list of MLB hitters that Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer didn’t want to yield a home run to, Alex Bregman might be near the top. Unfortunately for the outspoken pitcher, that’s exactly what happened in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Facing Bregman in relief during the seventh inning, Bauer allowed a no-doubter off the third baseman that put the Houston Astros up 3-1 in a game that gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in the first round of the MLB playoffs.

Alex Bregman takes Trevor Bauer deep in ALDS

The homer was Bregman’s second this series and his sixth homer in four career postseason series. The other pitchers he’s gone deep against? Chris Sale (twice), Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Corey Kluber.

Allowing a homer in the postseason is tough for any pitcher, but in the case of Bauer and Bregman, insult had already come well before the injury.

‘Tyler’ Bauer’s past squabble with the Astros

Bauer has never, ever been one to shy away from a good, old-fashioned internet quarrel. He entered one in May this season that is now mighty interesting given his current playoffs opponent.

First, Kyle Boddy, a private MLB pitching coach and consultant that often works with Bauer, noted a “weird coincidence” in which several Astros’ pitchers’ spin rates spiked as soon as they joined the Astros.

Bauer responded to the tweet with a brigade of thinking emojis and soon alluded to a theoretical competitive advantage a team could get if they could, somehow, surreptitiously increase a pitcher’s spin rate. Basically, he was accusing the Astros pitchers of using pine tar to get more grip on the baseball.

Such an accusation naturally drew the ire of the Astros. Pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh got their own licks in, chalking up the spin rate spikes to good coaching, but then Bregman moved in for the kill.

Five months later, Bregman was doing to Bauer what he had already did online: taking him deep.

Neither player was interested in revisiting the online barbing after the game, but someone out there on the internet clearly remembered.

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