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Cleveland Indians: 3 takeaways from a refreshing win in St. Louis

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The Cleveland Indians needed a win after two awful games in St. Louis and cruised to a refreshing 5-1 victory over the Cardinals to end the series.

In case you haven’t heard already, Cleveland Indians fans once again have Bieber fever after a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Shane Bieber had a great start one night after Corey Kluber had the worst start of his career. It’s weird how baseball is sometimes. Luckily for the Indians, Kluber is far from the only great pitcher in this rotation.

The Indians have today off before starting a three-game series in Oakland. And as tough as the series in St. Louis was, the Indians enter today with an 8.5-game lead in the AL Central.

While the Indians have a travel day, let’s take a look at what stood out from last night’s win over the Cardinals.

Bieber does it all

Shane Bieber’s night on the mound was enough to rave about. He allowed one run in six innings of work, allowing six hits while striking out five batters.

Then he decided to make his night even better by picking up his first career hit with a double. Is he the next Shohei Ohtani? No, but it sure was fun to see him get that hit.

Bieber has now allowed a combined total of two earned runs in his last three starts, and the team has yet to lose when he takes the mound. The sample size is small, but Bieber looks like he belongs in this rotation for the remainder of the season.

The new bullpen trio

The new formula for bullpen success late in games still involves Cody Allen closing things out. But now that Bryan Shaw is in Colorado and Andrew Miller is on the disabled list, the two men in front of Allen are now Neil Ramirez and Oliver Perez.

The trio of Ramirez-Perez-Allen combined for three shutout innings of work in the win. Not only that, but three perfect shutout innings.

Miller is still a star, but Ramirez and Perez have been nice additions after so much shuffling in the bullpen to start the year.

The division remains awful

The Indians went 1-2 in this series but still manage to hold an 8.5-game lead over the Twins, who have lost two straight. Then there are the Tigers, who are nine games back, who have lost eight straight.

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The Indians will face another solid team in Oakland, but a bad series there still won’t be enough for the AL Central race to be interesting. What a nice problem to have.