Here’s to more good than bad this week!
Seattle 6, Cleveland 2
Shane Bieber struggled and Mariners rookie Logan Gilbert kept Cleveland’s offense off-balance, allowing just one run over 6.2 innings. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 34-28 on the season.
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From Mandy Bell:
For the first time in his career, Bieber gave up multiple homers off his curveball in the 6-2 series finale loss to the Mariners at Progressive Field. Entering Sunday, the 26-year-old had allowed just seven total homers on the pitch in his career but has now given up three in 2021.
“Lately, I haven’t been able to rely on it as heavily as I did at points earlier in the season or last year, specifically,” Bieber said. “But that’s pitching. That’s OK. There were a few instances today where I could have escaped some jams and gotten myself out of some troubling situations and just wasn’t able to. That’s the game. And you can’t beat yourself up too much for it.”
Shane Bieber’s average curve spin today is 310 rpms lower than his YTD average with that pitch. These kinds of things are going to stick out amidst the league’s sticky stuff crackdown.— Casey Drottar (@CDrottar19) June 13, 2021
If our ace used some SpiderTack-type grip enhancer in the past, so be it. Plenty in the league did, maybe most (67% of pitchers have had a spin reduction since June 3 warning). But lower spin rates probably aren’t going away, so this new normal is gonna take some getting used to. Hoping Bieber gets back on track soon.
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