The list of records Shane Bieber has set and milestones he has achieved this season seems to be endless. And after adding another in the Indians’ 3-1 loss to the Twins on Friday night at Target Field, a piece of paper may not be enough to fit them.
Fanning Ryan Jeffers in the fifth inning, Bieber recorded his 100th strikeout of the season in just 62 1/3 innings. This is the fewest innings it has taken for a starting pitcher to reach the 100 km mark since 1900, according to Elias’s sports office.
• The score of the box
“It’s a special achievement,” Bieber said.
Here’s a look at the hurlers Bieber overcame:
Max Scherzer: 63,0 IP en 2018
Gerrit Cole: 65.0 IP in 2019
Kerry Wood: 65.2 PI in 2001 “It’s great to be mentioned in the same sentence as a lot of these guys,” Bieber said. “But at the same time, yeah, I’m going to think about it a bit later, after this year is over, because right now we’re just thinking as a team about the loss and how we can move. forward. “
Entering Friday night, Bieber led the Majors in strikeouts by nine innings (14.67) and in strikeout percentage (42.9%). The 25-year-old tied his season high in earned runs, allowing three of five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Both errors occurred on two cursors – one resulted in a two-run homerun to Byron Buxton and the other resulted in a solo Jeffers homerun.
“I felt great all night long,” Bieber said. “It’s really due to the fact that I made two mistakes, and they were important, and they took advantage of them. They are on one of my best pitches – it wasn’t too great tonight. But they were both on sliders, hanging sliders, just going back into their barrels and into the zone. And while it’s really, really frustrating, you have to take it for what it’s worth and move on and get better. I just need to do a few better pitches.
In each of his 10 starts this season, Bieber has whipped up at least eight hitters, which is the most to start a season in Indian history. It’s also the second-most consecutive start with at least eight strikeouts to start a season since at least 1901, behind only Randy Johnson, who made it in 15 straight starts in 2000.
“He wasn’t the Shane Bieber of [old], but he still managed to keep us in the game, “said Indians temporary manager Sandy Alomar Jr.” Sometimes he got a little predictable with two hits, too many brittle balls. But he’s still competing there. He ended up knocking out eight guys, walking two guys and keeping us in the game. At the end of the day, he still did what he was supposed to do. If we had scored a few points it would have looked awesome.
But for the second night in a row, the Indians were kept off the field until the ninth inning, as
In the last three games, the Indians have scored just two runs on 14 hits. And while they tried to create a spark by rocking the top of their line, the impact was not immediate. Now, as Cleveland slips 1 1/2 games behind the Twins for second place and 2 1/2 games behind the Central American League No.1 White Sox, the club still have two regular season weeks to find a way. to awaken his offense.
“I feel like everyone knows what they need to do to get there,” Bieber said. “This is the thing. We’re all professionals here, and some of the best in the league. I know what we can do as a team all together, but especially offensively. I’ve been on the wrong side a few times, and it’s just a matter of getting the right spot and making the playoffs and hitting the field before the playoffs.
“I know we are a dangerous formation. It’s just a matter of doing everything in the right direction.
Mandy Bell is covering Indians for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ MandyBell02.