CLEVELAND, Ohio – Shane Bieber will have one last chance to make an impression on the American League Cy Young Award voters on Wednesday when he starts for the Cleveland Indians against Chicago at Progressive Field.
Following Monday’s 7-4 win over the White Sox, reigning manager Sandy Alomar Jr. announced that Bieber and Zach Plesac would be knocked back one day from their normal rotation points and that Cal Quantrill was taken over by San Diego at close of trade at Mike Clevinger Deal will start a bullpen game on Tuesday.
Quantrill has initial experience with the Padres but has worked exclusively with the Bullpen since arriving in Cleveland earlier this month. He started one game this season and 18 during his rookie campaign in 2019. He threw two scoreless innings in one loss in Detroit on Saturday and has once again worked multiple relief innings with the Indians.
Quantrill said he’s been trained as a starter his entire life, but he’ll be pitching where and when his coaches tell him. The most important thing for Quantrill is winning.
“I’ve wanted to play on a winning team for a long time,” said Quantrill. “I want to win a million rings. I will continue to strive to be a starter because I think that great starters who throw 200 innings, like some of our guys, are some of the most valuable players in baseball and I would love to be. That being said, and I’m serious if I say it, if the coaches tell me to pick up the baseball, then I’ll pick up the baseball. “
Bieber, meanwhile, will begin his 12th and final regular season on Wednesday and will be in line to start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series when the postseason game begins on September 29, should Cleveland qualify for the playoffs.
It will be one last opportunity for Bieber to convince AL Cy Young voters that he is worthy of the award. Bieber leads the AL in ERA (1.74), wins (8), strikeouts (112) and is second in WHIP (0.86), opponent average (0.171) and innings (72 1/3).
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