Saturday Aug. 15, 6:10 p.m. EST
Probable Pitchers: Shane Bieber (3-0, 1.63 ERA) vs. Spencer Turnbull (2-0, 2.00 ERA)
Bieber is the early AL Cy-Young Award favorite as he is a perfect 3-0 in four starts so far this season while holding opposing hitters to a .191 batting average. He last pitched on August 9 and tossed six innings of three-run ball while striking out eight against the White Sox in what was his worst start of the season-to-date.
Despite this, Bieber has struck out at least eight batters in each of his first four starts of the season, including striking out 14 on opening day against the Royals and 13 against the Twins on July 30.
Turnbull has been among the best pitchers in baseball at missing bats so far this season as he has posted an impressive 30% whiff rate when throwing his fastball.
He will be making his fourth start of the year Saturday after earning a victory over the Pirates in his most recent start that saw him toss seven innings of one-run ball.
While no current Indians have taken the Tigers right-hander deep, several have posted strong numbers against him such as Santana, who is batting .467 in 15 at-bats against Turnbull, Jose Ramirez whose batting .367 in 11 at-bats and Oscar Mercado who is batting .357 with six RBI’s.