Shane Bieber on a different plane of existence so far with the Indians in 2021.
Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox fans got to enjoy a proper duel Tuesday night. Shane Bieber squared off against Lucas Giolito and the pitching was so great the game headed into extra innings tied 0-0.
Giolito had a great night, but Bieber was on a whole other level. He had 11 strikeouts and went a full nine innings without allowing a single run. His offense could not score either, but finally did in the 10th inning to give the ace his first win of the season.
Bieber’s entire night was a treat to watch. It was also filled with historical marks, specifically in terms of strikeouts. His hot start has him among an elite list of company that also features his past self.
Shane Bieber is a strikeout machine
Bieber has a mind-blowing 35 strikeouts through three games this season. Who else did that? Well, he did.
The 2020 Cy Young winner being on a list that only includes himself, Gerrit Cole, and Nolan Ryan is an amazing feat. His 2020 start is arguably more impressive given the unique format of the season and the looming threat of COVID-19 that existed in our everyday lives.
Tuesday night was a perfect live example of Bieber’s greatness. He got no help from his offense and still put in nine innings of scoreless work. The White Sox only managed three hits and Cleveland’s ace won the duel. That is what matters most in the end.
Bieber has only had one full season of work in his young career. That came in 2019 when he finished with 259 strikeouts in 34 appearances. He finished with 122 in only 12 starts last season and was on a historic pace. The pace is exactly the same in 2021 as Bieber looks to keep making history.