To surprise of no one, Shane Bieber expected to be Cleveland Guardians Opening Day starter

Cleveland Guardians Photo Day
Cleveland Guardians Photo Day / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

This should come as a shock to just about no one, but it looks like Shane Bieber is once again ready to be the Cleveland Guardians' Opening Day starter.

A couple days ago, Guardians manager Terry Francona confirmed that Bieber is on track to be the team's starter when it kicks off the 2023 season in Seattle on March 30.

This would make for the fourth season in a row of Bieber as the team's Opening Day starter, one shy of the franchise record of five in a row, set by both Corey Kluber (2015-19) and Stan Coveleski (1917-21). No matter what happens with Bieber's contract come next year, there's a good chance he could match that mark in 2024 as well.

The 28-year-old Bieber has thrown five inning so far this spring, striking out three, walking one and giving up just one hit. He looks primed and ready to once again be one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League, and he, the Guardians, and the team's fans look to be on a collision course to be talking about his contract for the next twelve months every five seconds.