Monday Aug. 31, 8:05 p.m. EST
Probable Starters: Shane Bieber (6-0, 1.35 ERA) vs. Brad Keller (3-1, 2.08 ERA)
The Indians will send their ace and AL Cy Young Award front-runner Shane Bieber to the mound in the series opener Monday.
No pitcher in Baseball has been more dominant than Bieber this season as he leads the MLB in strikeouts (75) and is tied for the best ERA (1.35) and in wins (six).
Bieber started against the Royals on opening day and twirled a gem as he struck out 14 batters in six scoreless innings. Not many of Kansas City’s hitters have had much success against the Cleveland right-hander in past matchups with the exception of Whit Merrifield who is batting .353 with a home run and four RBI’s in 17 at-bats.
As for the Royals, they’ll send their ace to the mound as well in the form of right-hander Brad Keller. Keller is 3-1 this season with an outstanding 2.08 ERA in four starts. He started the season on the injured list; thus he did not pitch against the Indians in their opening series.
With the Indians hot and cold offense, and Bieber nearly always untouchable, Monday’s game figures to be a pitchers duel.