Bieber allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in a no-decision versus the White Sox on Sunday. Bieber allowed two home runs for the second time in four starts this season, but he was still able to record his fourth quality start. The right-hander saw his ERA rise to 1.63 with a 0.76 WHIP and 43:5 K:BB in 27.2 innings. The Cleveland ace is expected to make his next start in Detroit next Sunday.
Bieber (3-0) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight over 7.2 innings in a win over the Reds on Tuesday. The Reds got to Bieber for a pair of solo homers -- the first home runs Bieber has allowed this season -- but that was the extent of the damage. Bieber had 23 called strikes and 18 swinging strikes on 106 pitches, and now sits tied with Gerrit Cole and Sonny Gray atop the wins leaderboard. Cleveland's No. 1 starter is solidifying his place among the elite and will look to keep it going this weekend in a road matchup against the White Sox.
Bieber (2-0) earned the win against Minnesota on Thursday, pitching eight scoreless innings and allowing three hits while striking out 13. If you're looking to identify the most impressive pitcher to begin the 2020 campaign, the search ends with Bieber -- he has yet to allow a run in his first two starts while yielding only seven hits and racking up 27 strikeouts over 14 innings. The right-hander evolved into a legitimate ace last season and has taken that a step further in 2020, following his dominant first start with a complete shutdown of a potent Minnesota offense. All three hits against Bieber on Thursday were singles, and he induced an impressive 22 swinging strikes en route to 13 punchouts. Bieber will look to extend his scorching start to the campaign Tuesday in an intrastate matchup at Cincinnati.
Bieber (1-0) earned the win during Friday's 2-0 victory over the Royals. He tossed six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and one walk while fanning 14. Bieber posted a strong sophomore campaign in 2019 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 10.9 K/9 across 214.1 innings, and it seems like he didn't miss a beat in the season opener after this stellar 14-strikeout performance. He has always been a strikeout pitcher, and he posted a 6.5 K/BB last season. He will try to build on this impressive debut in his upcoming start, scheduled for July 29 at home against the White Sox.
Bieber said Friday he'll be Cleveland's Opening Day starter on July 24, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The 25-year-old was named the team's Opening Day starter in early March, and he'll retain the honor despite the nearly four-month delay, though the opponent is yet to be announced. Bieber is coming off a strong sophomore campaign in 2019 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 259:40 K:BB across 214.1 innings.