You have to hop all the way back to July 19 to find the last time Shane Bieber allowed more than four runs in a start. Back then, the Indians were in the midst of their climb back to AL Central contention. And while it wasn’t fun to watch the Royals tag the young star pitcher for five runs over 5.2 innings, it wasn’t the end of the world.
Tonight, it might just be the end of the world.
It’s not all Bieber’s fault, of course, but on a night where the Rays and Twins won — and the A’s are preparing to play the fishless Angels — losing to the lowly White Sox was not great for the Indians.
To be fair to Bieber, the three runs of support he received didn’t help much, either. It also didn’t help that the top of the line disappeared when it mattered most. Francisco Lindor, Oscar Mercado, Carlos Santana, and Yasiel Puig combined to go 0-for-16 with six strikeouts. Absolutely brutal, and Puig had one of the worst at-bats I’ve seen all season when he was mowed down in the bottom of the eighth by Kelvin Herrera. Yes, that Kelvin Herrera, but not the good version of that Kelvin Herrera.
Underwood knew Puig missed that before he even started swinging. That was impressive/depressing.— Let's Go Tribe (@LetsGoTribe) September 26, 2019
José Ramírez had another home run, which is a nice silver lining if silver linings even matter this time of the year.
Just win tomorrow, damnit.