While watching the game, you might not know that the Minnesota Twins are one of the deadliest offenses in baseball.
Looking at this picture you might not know that Josh Donaldson is the former MVP who still has a lot left in the tank.
Shane Bieber, a human-boozew hybrid, lost everyone to the plate in a Twins dugout look, and quite a few – like our dear friend Josh Donaldson – look downright silly.
If there is anyone left on Earth who does not know about Bieber, they are sure that there will be hell now. The lightweight 25-year-old put her name on the map during last year’s All-Star Game, and her last two appearances made it impossible for her not to be a Cy Young candidate.
He made his superb season debut against the Royals tonight against a better opponent: 8.0 IP, 13 SO, 0 BB, 3 H.
It is not that Bieber has not done anything new. His four-seam fastball was just so well positioned and his curbball (classified as a finger curve by Baseball Savant) only threw the Twins off enough that they couldn’t locate him.
In the early times, the formula was simple: move with the fastball, then throw a few curves or whatever until they walk down with your head. When you can use your fastball Paint the edges like this (Please note that there are three pitches in this graphic), it doesn’t really matter what else you do.
In the fifth inning, the twins thought they had done a beat on Bieber and quickly began attacking his fastball. Not a problem – he shut it down and quickly went a heavy cubball in the count. Nineteen innings of his 34 starts began on the fifth and first pitch. Only four were put to play all games in total.
With another great start under his belt, Bieber set a Major League Baseball record for strikes in the first two games of the season. He overtook Nolan Ryan in the same category and now sat on the mountain with Karl Spooner.
In 1954, the opening day starter for the Dodgers, Karl Spooner struck out 27 batters in his first two games. Unfortunately, they were just strikeouts – and starts – he had that year and he was out of baseball a little over a year later. Bieber is slightly more fortunate than ‘Ole Spooner’.
Twitter was with Shane Bebird tonight, but this is probably my favorite:
Shane Bieber has faced 50 batters in two matches this season. He is one of 27 killed, with just 1 going.
He is 54 K% and 2 BB%.
Bieber has a -0.36 FIP. He has not allowed a single.
– Devan Fink (@DevanFink) 31 July 2020
He has a negative FIP. He is a negative FIP. beyond belief.
We are able to celebrate Bieber’s achievement tonight on the part of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Later, without a base and the ball was thrown out of target field from 409 feet in the east to give the Indians their only run, we can go right now for the 12th inning. Or worse, already lost thanks to the new extra-innings rule.
Fortunately, with a lead in hand, Terry Francona replaced James Karinchak to close the game, and he did as Bieber did. Three fastballs, three curves, and a twin offense that just looked ready to go home, he wished.