Seeing is believing: Bauer shuts eye, pitches shutout ball

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Pitching with one eye closed, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

What’s that piece of advice Little League coaches always tell their kids — keep your eye on the ball, right?

Trevor Bauer provided a new twist on that idea.

Eager to challenge himself in a spring training start, the new Los Angeles Dodgers ace kept his right eye closed while pitching out of a first-inning jam Saturday.

He even pointed to the eye as he walked off the mound.

“I like making myself uncomfortable and throwing different stuff my way and trying to find a solution for it,” the NL Cy Young Award winner told Los Angeles media.

“I think that’s how you improve. Find a way to make yourself uncomfortable and get comfortable with it and then do it again,” he said.

After giving up a single to San Diego leadoff man Jurickson Profar and then walking Tommy Pham, Bauer posted a shutout. Eye closed, he retired the next three batters.

Bauer wound up pitching three scoreless innings with the creative approach, striking out three while allowing two hits and a walk.