Here’s to a great week!
Tigers 6, Indians 4
Lots of regulars, including Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Michael Brantley, got the afternoon off yesterday, as the Tribe fell to the Tigers. Shane Bieber started and gave up five runs over six innings. With the loss, the Indians fell to 83-66 on the season.
What role will Bieber have in October for the Indians? From Jordan Bastian:
Between Double-A and Triple-A earlier this year, Bieber posted a 1.47 ERA with 77 strikeouts against seven walks in 79 2/3 innings. His 5.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the Majors currently ranks eighth in baseball (min. 70 innings). On that list, Bieber is sandwiched between Carlos Carrasco (5.72) and Max Scherzer (5.65).
”A lot of things have to line up for guys to move up levels,” Bieber said. “I’ve been extremely fortunate with my path and how it’s gone. But, I think I’ve taken advantage of the opportunities that I’ve gotten. I’m really just trying to enjoy it right now, because it’s not very common. It doesn’t happen very often.”
Come October, the Indians will have to weigh whether Bieber will fit on the postseason roster as a starter, or as a multi-inning reliever.
”I’m not sure what role it will be in,” Bieber said. “But, I’m really excited for the opportunity to keep competing and trying to impact this team in a positive way.”
Hopefully many more in his future.