Looking at this game, you may not know that the Minnesota Twins are one of the deadliest acts in baseball.
Looking at this picture you may not know that Josh Donaldson is a former MVP who still has too much in the tank.
Shane Bieber, a hybrid with a human buzz, made everyone in Gemini look lost on the plate, and very few – like our dear friend Josh Donaldson – look calm.
If there is anyone left on Earth who does not know about Bieber, they are safe as hell now. The mild-mannered 25-year-old put his name on the map during last year’s All-Star Game, and his last two appearances have made it impossible to consider him a Cy Young candidate.
He followed his stellar debut of the season against the Royals with an even better performance against an ever better opponent tonight: 8.0 IP, 13 SO, 0 BB, 3 H.
It’s not like Bieber did anything new, either. His four-house fastball was so well placed and his kurban (classified as the curve curve by Baseball Savant) threw the Twins off balance just so much that they could not understand it.
At first, the formula was simple: Advance with a fastball, then throw a few turns or whatever, until they leave upside down. When you can use your fastball to paint edges like this (please note that there are three steps in this graphic), it really does not matter what else you do.
By the fifth, the Twins thought they had a beating against Bieber and started attacking fast early. No problem – he turned it on and went heavier curveballs early in the calculation. Nineteen of his 34 turns came from the fifth consecutive onwards, and five of them came out on top. Only four in total all matches were brought into play.
With another outstanding start under his belt, Bieber tied the Mayer League Baseball record for attacks in the first two starts of a season. He surpassed Nolan Ryan in the same category and now sits on top of the mountain with Karl Spooner.
The start of Dodgers Open Day in 1954, Karl Spooner hit 27 strikers even in his first two starts. Unfortunately, those were the only attacks – and it starts – he had that year and he was out of baseball a little over a year later. Bieber is on track to have a little more luck than ‘ole Spooner.
Twitter was the afternoon with Shane Bieber announcements tonight, but this is probably my favorite:
Shane Bieber has faced 50 strikers in two starts this season. He defeated 27 of them, walking only 1.
This is a 54 K% and a 2 BB%.
Bieber has a FIP -0.36. He did not allow the candidacy.
– Devan Fink (@DevanFink) July 31, 2020
He has a negative FIP. THERE IS A NEGATIVE FIP. Unbelievable.
We are able to celebrate Bieber’s arrival tonight thanks in part to Francisco East and José Ramírez. Without the latter stepping in and the former hitting a cannon 409 feet away from the target field to give the Indians their only runs, we can be headed for the 12th now. Or worse, they have already lost thanks to the new illegal rule.
Luckily, with the lead in the hand, Terry Francona turned to James Karinchak to close the match, and he did so with Bieber-like efficiency. Three fastballs, three curves and a Gemini offense that seemed ready to go home got their wish.