The Ace of the AL went 6.1 innings, with 12 strikeouts, three hits, and just two earned runs in his game two domination of the Royals. The Indians were gifted a great game by Jose Ramirez but Bieber couldn’t hold onto the win, instead it going to Emmanuel Clase. Bieber looks as good as ever out there on the mound and hopefully can pitch his way to another Cy Young award.
Ramirez went 3-7 on the series, with two home runs and four RBI’s, helping secure the win for the Indians in game two. He’s moved his batting average to .350 and is showing the MLB that he’s ready for his MVP award. Ramirez single handily batted in every run in game two and is poised to be a front runner for the award if the Indians keep winning.
Getting the win in game two, Emmanuel Clase is showing himself to be a great get from the Corey Kluber trade. In just two games and two innings, he has three strikeouts to start the year and his first career win as an Indian. The 23-year-old is bouncing back nicely in 2021 after an up and down 2020.
This one may be surprising but Jordan Luplow is a good hitter and can work at-bats with the best of them. He helped eat a lot of pitches in game one, and while the Indians’ offense was stagnant for most of the games, Luplow’s ability to work a count got him on base twice, with two walks. It may not be Barry Bonds hitting home run after home run but getting on base, regardless if it’s by hits or walks, is important. If Luplow can continue to get on base, he’ll help the Indians out greatly.