Shane Bieber (3-0, 1.63 ERA) vs. Spencer Turnbull (2-0, 2.00 ERA)
The Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers meet for the second time in this three-game weekend series at Comerica Park. The Indians started fast on Friday night for a 8-3 lead after the top 4th inning. A big 4th is all the Indians needed to cruise past the Tigers for a comfortable win. The Tigers have been playing solid baseball for their standards this season, but we’re beginning to see the armor begin to come off.
They have to be careful now or they are quickly going to be losers in four straight games. The Tigers head into today on a three-game losing streak following two losses against the Chicago White Sox and loss last night at home with the Indians in town. The Tigers own a record of 9-8, which by all accounts, isn’t that bad with the roster that they have.
Their roster isn’t built to be in win now mode. They’re slowly rebuilding and anticipating being an AL Central contender in two or three years again. The Justin Verlander era brought a lot of success to the Tigers, and now they’re in a transition phase to the next era. The Tigers are banking on Casey Mize and Spencer Torkelson as the next centerpieces of the roster.
If things play out as expected, Mize and Torkelson will be superstars in the future. The Tigers are being patient with Mize. They could call the 23-year-old up to the majors, but Al Avila is playing it safer and not overworking his arm on a bad team. If the Tigers were likely to go the postseason, we’d probably see Mize in the rotation.
The Indians are confident in the great potential of Shane Bieber. He’s an early season Cy Young candidate in the American League and is only a 25-year-old. The future looks bright for Bieber, but some people believe the verdict is still out on him. Just from watching him pitch, it’s clear that Bieber is a quality pitcher, though. Bieber gets the greenlight with unlikely Detroit standout, Spencer Turnbull, going at home on Saturday. Head below for our free Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers pick for August 15, 2020.
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Shane Bieber has put himself in prime position to be named the American League Cy Young winner. It’s a shortened season, so getting hot for a short stretch is going to be good enough. Bieber has been hot so far, and if he remains in the same form, it will be tough for another pitcher to reel in Bieber in the Cy Young chase. Bieber heads into Detroit with an ERA of 1.63 and 0.76 WHIP through four games. He’s surrendered only 5 earned runs in 27.2 innings of work. In his latest outing, Bieber gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs in his worst start of the season.
Bieber was trending in the right direction last season in his sophomore campaign. He was good for a 3.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 34 games to set up a potential breakout season for him this season. Bieber was breaking out last year, but he wasn’t getting much attention for his work. People are beginning to pay attention to Bieber now, as he has flown to the top of the Cleveland rotation. Bieber has been lights out against Detroit in his career. The current Tigers’ lineup has scored just 1 run on Bieber in 61 at-bats.
Christin Stewart is the only Tiger to record an RBI against Bieber. After his roughest start of the year against the White Sox, expect Bieber to get right back on track at Comerica. Spencer Turnbull worked hard on getting into better shape in the offseason. He went on a strict eating plan and got his velocity up. Turnbull is touching around the mid 90’s with command. He’s fanned 18 batters across 18 innings of work in 2020, with 30 percent swinging and missing on his fastball.
Turnbull enters Saturday with an ERA of 2.00 and 1.00 WHIP in 2020. He hasn’t given up more than 2 earned runs in a short and just 1 in two of three performances. Turnbull looks like a vastly different pitcher from the guy that recorded a 6.06 ERA as a rookie and 4.61 ERA as a sophomore in 2020. Following a 10-5 game last night, look for the bats to settle down with Bieber and Turnbull on the hill.