Bieber was confirmed as Cleveland's Opening Day starter Friday.
He opened 2018 as the team's No. 5 starter but is now the top option (at least with Mike Clevinger out with a knee injury) after a season in which Bieber posted a 30.1 percent strikeout rate and a 4.7 percent walk rate en route to a 3.28 ERA. He'll get the ball on March 26 as the Indians host the Tigers.
Bieber is hoping to feature his changeup more this season, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Bieber is hardly the first pitcher to talk up his changeup during spring training, and it wouldn't be smart to adjust his projections purely based on his words, but the young righty has certainly identified one of the few areas of weakness in his game. Bieber threw his changeup just 7.4 percent of the time in 2019, and it was the only one of his four pitches to receive a negative grade per FanGraphs' Pitch Values metric. Bieber's 30.2 percent strikeout rate and 4.7 percent walk rate last season were each outstanding, but hitters managed a strong 90.4 mph average exit velocity against him when they made contact. An improved changeup could theoretically help keep the ball off the barrel of the bat, though it remains to be seen whether or not the pitch has indeed improved.
Bieber (15-8) took the loss Wednesday as Cleveland was downed 8-3 by the White Sox, giving up five runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk over 5.2 innings while striking out seven.
A Carlos Santana throwing error saved a little damage to Bieber's ERA, but the right-hander was still not at his sharpest on a night when Cleveland could not afford a loss. The club is now five games back of the Twins in the AL Central with four to play, and they've fallen 1.5 games behind the Rays for the second wild-card spot as well. Unless he's needed in a play-in game, Bieber finishes up 2019 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 259:40 K:BB through 214.1 innings.
Bieber (15-7) picked up the win after surrendering two runs on seven hits while striking out seven over 7.1 innings Friday night against the Phillies.
The Indians spotted Bieber an early 4-0 lead, and he wouldn't let the Phillies score until the fifth inning. He would depart after firing 67 of 101 pitches for strikes while throwing first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 28 batters he faced. Bieber has now registered three wins in his last four outings.
Bieber allowed four runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts across 5.2 innings during a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday.
The 11 hits the 24-year-old yielded set a new season high, and three of them left the ballpark, but Bieber still worked around that to keep the Indians in the game and avoided a loss. Bieber already has career highs across the board, so while owners would love to see him add to it down the stretch, anything else he does in his final couple of starts is really just icing on the cake. Bieber is 14-7 with a 3.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 245 strikeouts in 201.1 innings this season. He will make his next start Saturday at home against the Phillies.
Bieber (14-7) picked up the win against the Angels on Monday, giving up one earned run on five hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking none in a 6-2 victory for the Indians.
Bieber just keeps dealing, with this marking his 10th straight quality start since July 24. He's having a dominant season, with a 3.17 ERA and 1.00 WHIP to go along with a blistering 241:38 K:BB across 195.2 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander lines up to take on the Twins in his start in a Sunday home matchup.
Bieber (13-7) allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine across seven innings to earn the win Wednesday against the White Sox.
Bieber allowed both of his earned runs in the second inning after allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base. However, he dominated the White Sox from there, turning in his ninth consecutive start of six frames or more -- allowing more than two earned runs only once in that span. As a result, Bieber has maintained a sparkling 1.01 WHIP and strong 3.24 ERA while also racking up 233 punchouts across 188.2 innings. He's slated make his next start Monday at the Angels.
Bieber (12-7) was handed the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out nine over 6.1 innings Friday night against the Rays.
Bieber turned in a quality start, but his offense was unable to score a single run on the night. Despite taking the loss, he owns an impressive 3.27 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a 224:36 K:BB over 181.2 innings this season for the Indians.
Bieber struck out eight while allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks during a no-decision against the Royals on Sunday.
Neither starter factored into the decision, as the Indians and Royals traded blows late and the bullpens combined to give up 12 runs. Bieber has at least seven strikeouts in each of his last seven outings, but despite his success, the Indians have lost the last three games in which he's started. Bieber is 12-6 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 215 strikeouts in 175.1 innings this season. He will pitch at the Rays on Saturday in his next start.
Bieber (12-6) was handed the loss Tuesday against the Mets after surrendering four runs (two earned) on four hits over six innings. He had seven strikeouts and one walk.
Bieber allowed a pair of two-run homers Tuesday, but he was charged with only two earned runs due to a sixth-inning error in the outfield. It's the 24-year-old's second straight quality start but also his second straight loss, which marks his first losing streak of the season. Bieber will try to get back in the win column Sunday versus the Royals.
Bieber (12-5) allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Both of the runs Bieber allowed came in the third inning on back-to-back home runs. He was solid otherwise, and he ended the start on a strong note by retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced. Bieber has pitched exceptionally well across his last five starts, allowing only eight earned runs in 38 innings while racking up a 44:5 K:BB. He'll look to further improve his 3.27 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday at the Mets.
Bieber (12-4) struck out 11 and picked up the win in Friday's 6-2 victory over the Twins, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings.
The right-hander did get tagged for a couple of solo homers, but otherwise Bieber was dominant once again. Over his last eight trips to the mound he's delivered seven quality starts -- including two complete games -- going 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 71:9 K:BB over 60 innings. Bieber will look to keep rolling in his next outing Wednesday, at home against the Red Sox.
Bieber (11-4) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out eight over nine innings Sunday against the Angels.
Bieber surrendered a run in the fourth and another in the seventh on a solo blast, but he was able to go the distance in this one. He fired 76 of his 107 pitches for strikes and tossed first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 31 batters he faced. The 24-year-old right-hander continues to impress in 2019, and he'll head into his next outing with a 3.31 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with a 182:30 K:BB over 149.1 frames.
Bieber (10-4) took the loss Tuesday as Cleveland fell 2-0 to the Astros, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out eight.
It was another strong performance from the right-hander, who's delivered quality starts in five of his last six trips to the mound, but Justin Verlander was that much better for Houston. Bieber has posted a 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 52:7 K:BB in 44 innings over that six-start stretch, and he'll look to get back in the win column Sunday, at home against the Angels.
Bieber (10-3) tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout during which he recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed just one walk in a 4-0 victory against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
This was a heck of a way for Bieber to respond after giving up five runs in his last outing for the first time since the end of May. Bieber also pitched a complete-game shutout on May 19, and in that contest, he struck out a season-high 15 batters but also allowed five hits. This performance, which was his fourth straight decision ending in a victory, is up there with that one as perhaps Bieber's most dominating this season. He now owns a 3.44 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and .209 batting average against with 166 strikeouts in 133.1 innings this season. Bieber will pitch again Tuesday at home against the Astros.
Bieber (9-3) notched the win after yielding five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings Friday night against the Royals.
Bieber surrendered a run in the first inning on a balk, and he'd give up another in the third followed by a bases-clearing triple in the sixth prior to exiting. Fortunately, the Indians offense put up 10 runs on the night, which is why he was able to snag the victory. The 24-year-old didn't appear to have his best stuff Friday night, but he owns a solid 3.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with a 156:28 K:BB over 124.1 innings so far this season.
Bieber allowed three runs on five hits and a walk across 6.1 innings Sunday, striking out nine and taking the no-decision in the win over Minnesota.
Bieber cruised through six scoreless innings, allowing just one runner past first base before the seventh. However, that inning would be a nightmare. The first five batters of the frame reached base, including two hits and two hit batters before he was eventually removed. Bieber will carry a 3.49 ERA into Friday's home outing against the Royals.
Bieber (8-3) earned the win Saturday at Cincinnati after allowing two runs on four hits over eight innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Bieber served up a two-run homer to Yasiel Puig in the first inning, but he gave up only two hits across the next seven-plus frames to notch his eighth win of the season. The 24-year-old finishes the first half with a 3.45 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 141:23 K:BB over 112.1 innings to earn the first All-Star selection of his career.
Bieber struck out 11 over eight scoreless innings and allowed just three and zero walks to earn a victory against the Orioles on Sunday.
The 24-year-old was outstanding on his way to posting his first win since June 15. This was the third time this year he struck out at least 10 and walked one or fewer batters. It was also Bieber's second outing of the season where he posted more than 10 strikeouts and didn't allow a run. He is 7-3 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 133 strikeouts in 104.1 innings this season. Bieber will make one more start before the All-Star Game on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Bieber didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Royals, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings while striking out six.
The right-hander threw 63 strikes in 100 pitches before exiting with the score tied 3-3, as he struck out more than a batter an inning for the third straight start. Bieber will carry a 3.83 ERA and 122:23 K:BB through 96.1 frames into his next outing, a rematch with the Royals in Kansas City on July 2.
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