Shane Bieber Sets Incredible MLB Pitching Record
Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber is one of the most promising young players in the majors. He lived up to that billing on Monday night by setting a pretty amazing MLB record.
No other starting pitcher in MLB history has ever managed 82 strikeouts through their first 50 innings in a season. He went on to finish his eighth start of the year with a season total of 84 strikeouts.
Bieber is now averaging 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings on the season, and he has K'd an absurd 42.2 percent of the hitters he has faced.
For context, no other qualifying pitcher has a strikeout rate better than 37.2 percent (Trevor Bauer) this season, and in 2019 the league-leading mark was 39.9 percent (Gerrit Cole).
Sitting second in the AL Central at 21-14, Bieber and the Indians have the MLB's 11th best odds (+2200) to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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