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Shane Bieber dominant in Guardians’ win over Astros

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CLEVELAND — It’s been a while since the Guardians have seen this version of Shane Bieber.

He’s been as consistent as always this season, but his dominance has been different than it was in the past. When he’d go deep in games, Bieber would give up just a run or two with very few strikeouts. When he’d turn in a scoreless performance or have a high number of strikeouts, his pitch count would limit him to just six innings.

But in the Guardians’ 5-0 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon, all of these facets of his game came together like we’ve seen countless times over the past few seasons. Bieber tossed seven scoreless frames, giving up just three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Bieber’s average velocity was up on all his pitches. He pounded the strike zone, tying his season high in punchouts and having his most called strikes of the season (27). His slider induced 12 swings and not one resulted in a hit, while five of the 12 swings batters took against his cutter were whiffs.

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