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Game Thread: Bieber to be believably better than before?

Maybe. I’m also now on a 2-day alliteration cooldown.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Peter G. Aiken

Shane Bieber’s 2018 is a pleasant surprise up to this point for Indians’ fans. Even I didn’t quite believe Brian Hemminger when, during an April Prospect chat, he claimed that the rookie deserved to start in Cleveland immediately.

I know now that I should trust the man.

Bieber is yet to earn a loss in his young major league career. Pitchers wins and losses don’t matter, which is a phrase that I never tire of typing. To that end, note that his xFIP sits comfortably around 3.50, his ERA at 2.97, and that’s with a BABIP of .378.

Can be continue his streak of effective starts today against the Athletics? I think so, but then again I also once thought that the Patriots should trade Tom Brady since it was clear that Matt Cassel was ready to take over.

Today's Lineups

Dustin Fowler - CF Francisco Lindor - SS
Mark Canha - LF Michael Brantley - DH
Jed Lowrie - 2B Jose Ramirez - 3B
Khris Davis - DH Edwin Encarnacion - 1B
Matt Olson - 1B Brandon Guyer - RF
Stephen Piscotty - RF Rajai Davis - LF
Matt Chapman - 3B Roberto Perez - C
Marcus Semien - SS Erik Gonzalez - 2B
Josh Phegley - C Greg Allen - CF
Brett Anderson - LHP Shane Bieber - RHP