Shane Bieber isn’t in the AL Central anymore.
While the Cleveland Indians ace will undoubtedly win the AL Cy Young award after taking the pitching triple crown, Bieber learned the hard way that playoff baseball is a different game.
Especially against a Yankees team he had not seen yet this season.
Just how bad was it?
Bieber allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings against the Yankees Tuesday night, or, as FanGraphs pointed out – the same amount of runs the right-hander gave up in 38.2 innings pitched over the entire month of August.
Or, to really put it in perspective, that is half the amount of runs he had allowed all season in 77.1 innings pitched.
The Yankees clearly had a game plan to attack Bieber early in the count and jump on fastballs, as DJ LeMahieu singled on the third pitch of the game while Aaron Judge homered the very next pitch to give the Yankees a quick 2-0. Bieber had allowed just one run in the first inning all season.
Things unraveled in the fourth when the Yankees tacked on two more runs, and then Gleyber Torres dealt the final blow in the fifth with a two-run home run in left field to end the right-hander’s night.
Meanwhile, on the other end, Gerrit Cole was every bit of the $324 million ace the Yankees paid for, striking out 13 over seven innings and allowing just two earned runs.