Bieber (10-4) allowed five runs on nine hits with no walks across six innings to take the loss Sunday against the Tigers. He struck out four. Bieber allowed just a sacrifice fly through the first four frames before running into trouble in the fifth, when he gave up a run-scoring single before Jim Adduci launched a three-run home run to left. He threw an impressive 74 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced nine groundball outs, but the rough inning was enough to give him his fourth loss of the season. Bieber was coming off back-to-back quality starts and will look to get back on track this weekend against the Red Sox.
Bieber (10-3) tossed 6.2 scoreless innings Tuesday to earn the win over the Rays, allowing three hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. Bieber didn't allow a runner past first base through the first six innings and set a new career high in strikeouts on the day. He ran into a bit of trouble in the seventh, conceding a double and a walk before his removal, but Brad Hand was on hand to end the threat. Bieber has now delivered back-to-back quality starts while posting a solid 17:4 K:BB over 13 innings in his last two. He'll look to build on this gem of an outing this weekend against the Tigers.
Bieber (9-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out six across 6.1 innings to earn the win Thursday against the Blue Jays. All four of the runs against Bieber came in the fourth inning, when he allowed four of the first five batters he faced to reach base. Otherwise, it was an impressive outing for him as 15 of his 19 outs came on either groundballs or strikeouts, greatly limiting the Blue Jays' chance to do damage. The performance was a welcomed change for Bieber, as he had failed to record a quality start in three of his past four starts.
Bieber took his third loss of the season Saturday, allowing nine hits and four runs over 5.1 innings. This outing was a textbook case of the 'three times through the order' penalty. Bieber was pitching a shutout going into the sixth inning, thanks in part to a number of hard-hit balls that went right into Cleveland gloves. That was not the case in the sixth inning as the Rays had three consecutive hits to start the frame, a productive groundball out, and then a double to chase Bieber. Tyler Olson was unable to strand Tommy Pham, thus saddling Bieber with another earned run. These types of outings are avoidable in September with expanded rosters so it is puzzling why Terry Francona allowed it to happen. Bieber's next outing comes on the road in Toronto.
Bieber didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 1-0 loss to the White Sox, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing three hits and two walks while striking out eight. It was his best performance since he shut down the Tigers for seven innings back on June 22. Bieber sometimes catches too much of the plate for his own good at this stage of his career, but his 39:9 K:BB in 39.1 innings since the beginning of July is excellent. The rookie will take a 4.24 ERA into his next outing Wednesday in Cincinnati.