Bieber will start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old last pitched Wednesday and lined up perfectly to pitch the playoff opener, and it's hardly a surprise Cleveland wants its ace on the mound. Bieber made 12 starts in 2020 and finished the season with a 1.63 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 122:21 K:BB over 77.1 innings and is the frontrunner for the American League Cy Young Award.
Bieber threw five scoreless innings Wednesday, allowing two hits while striking out 10 during the Indians' 3-2 win over the White Sox. He also walked three while getting a no-decision. The White Sox tacked on an unearned run in the second and both of their runs for the game were unearned. Bieber finishes his regular season with a sparkling 1.63 ERA across 77.1 innings pitched. The Cy Young frontrunner boasts a 6.22 K/BB ratio and 12.44 strikeouts per nine innings.
Bieber will have his start pushed to Wednesday against the White Sox, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The Indians made an adjustment in their starting rotation to ensure that both Bieber and Zach Plesac will be rested for the start of the postseason. Bieber will enter his last start of the regular season with a 1.74 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 72.1 frames.
Bieber (8-1) allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 across 7.2 innings to earn the win Thursday against the Tigers. Bieber mowed down the Tigers' lineup, playing a key role in the team ending an eight-game losing streak. He held Detroit scoreless until his final pitch when he allowed a three-run home run. Despite the disappointing end, Bieber punched out at least 10 batters for the fifth time in his last seven starts. He has also maintained a stellar 1.74 ERA with a 112:18 K:BB across 72.1 frames for the season. He'll take his next turn through the rotation Tuesday against the White Sox.
Bieber (7-1) allowed three runs on five hits (two home runs) and two walks while striking out eight across seven innings but was handed his first loss of the season Friday against the Twins. Bieber came into Friday's matchup with a 2-0 record and 1.20 ERA against the Twins this season but was not able to contain them as effectively his third time out. The right-hander allowed a two-run homer to Byron Buxton in the second before being taken yard by Ryan Jeffers in the seventh to give the Twins a 3-0 lead. Despite suffering his first loss of the season, Bieber still leads all of major league baseball with nine quality starts, 102 strikeouts and a 1.53 ERA as he has cemented himself as one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. He'll line up to face the Tigers on the road Thursday.
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