Notebook 7/30: José Berríos vs. Shane Bieber
Image courtesy of © Matt Marton-USA TODAY SportsLAST NIGHT’S GAME RECAP
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Twins vs. Cleveland, 6:07 pm CT
Betting Lines: CLE -1.5, -106, 8.5 O/U
Twins: José Berríos, RHP
Berríos had a disappointing 2020 debut, giving up five runs over four innings while striking out just one batter against the White Sox. On a positive note, he did hit 97 mph, a mark he didn’t reach all of 2019.
Current Cleveland hitters have a combined .207/.286/.345 line (.631 OPS) against Berríos, and José has held fellow Puerto Rico product Francisco Lindor to a .231/.286/.346 line (.632 OPS). Berríos surrendered just seven earned runs over 24 2/3 innings pitched against Cleveland last year, a 2.55 ERA, and had 26 strikeouts.
Cleveland: Shane Bieber, RHP
Bieber ascended from relative unknown to finishing fourth in AL CY Young voting last season. The 25-year-old threw six shutout innings and struckout 14 Royals hitters in his first start of 2020.
Despite his success, current Twins hitters have an impressive .315/.364/.531 batting line (.895 OPS) against Bieber. Eddie Rosario has hit three bombas off him in 18 career plate appearances. Josh Donaldson is 2-for-2 with a pair of homers against Bieber.
NEWS & NOTES
— Here are some highlights from the two-game Cardinals series, in case you missed it:
— Cleveland will likely be unable to turn to two of their backend bullpen pieces today, as both Brad Hand and Adam Cimber have pitched the previous two days. Hand has given up five runs (four earned) in his 2 1/3 innings of work so far this season. Last season, Hand didn’t give up his fourth earned run until his 33rd appearance.
— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly was suspended eight games for throwing at multiple members of the Houston Astros Wednesday night. LA manager Dave Roberts was also suspended for a game.
— The MLB and MLBPA agreed to new sign stealing rules that grant the commissioner's office authority to impose suspensions against players and personnel.
— Last night, the Dodgers beat the Astros thanks to a leadoff … two-run home run(?) Sure, why not? At this point, any kind of normalcy would actually be weird in 2020.
In the top of the 13th inning, Edwin Rios cracked a homer with the “bonus” runner on second base. The Dodgers went on to win.
— Speaking of home runs, here’s what a walk off looks and sounds like in 2020, courtesy of Mike Yazstremski and the Giants:
— Nick Markakis, who originally opted out of this season, has decided to rejoin the Braves at some point.
AROUND THE AL CENTRAL
CHW 4, CLE 0
DET 5, KCR 4
1. MIN 4-1 (+16)
2. CLE 4-2 (+7)
2. DET 4-2 (-9)
4. CHW 2-4 (-9)
5. KCR 2-4 (-2)
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