Have a month of May, Corey Kluber!

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After posting a 4.14 ERA (17 ER/37.0 IP) in April, Kluber has surrendered just 8 runs on 29 hits in May while registering a Major League-high 48 strikeouts across his 35.2 innings (5 starts) this month.

With his nine strikeouts on Saturday against the Orioles (9-0 Indians win), Kluber improved to 5-3 and now is second in the Majors with 83 strikeouts (David Price, 84). His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.88 is 10th in the Majors and his strikeouts-per-nine innings rate of 10.28 is fifth in MLB.

(Here are highlights from Saturday’s start.)

MIGHTY MAY

Kluber is 3-0 in May with a 2.02 ERA (8 ER/35.2 IP), while notching a Major League-high 48 strikeouts and just 7 walks…has pitched into the 7th inning in each start, while limiting opposing batters to a .221 (29-131), average against.

With 9 strikeouts on Saturday, Kluber became the first player in the Majors this season to record 5 straight 8+ SO performances…Johnny Cueto, Jose Fernandez, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez have each reeled off 4 consecutive such starts this season.

STAMPING HIS NAME

Kluber has logged a pair of historic performances through his first 10 starts of the 2014 season, including his first career complete game on April 24 vs. Kansas City and a career-high 13-strikeout effort on May 4 vs. Chicago-AL.

APRIL 24 vs. KC

His first career complete game on April 24 vs. KC marked first complete game thrown by any Indians hurler other than JUSTIN MASTERSON (had thrown each of last 4) since DEREK LOWE on May 15, 2012 at MIN.

Also marked first complete game by an Indians pitcher with a double-digit strikeout total and no walks since CC SABATHIA on Sept. 7, 2005 at DET (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 0 BB, 10 SO).

Was first complete game by an Indians pitcher w/ 11 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs since LEN BARKER’s 3-0 perfect game on May 15, TOR (9.0 IP, 11 SO); just the 7th such effort by an Indians pitcher dating back to 1914.

MAY 4 vs. CWS

Kluber’s 13 strikeouts on May 4 vs. CWS established a new career high, and tied him with CC Sabathia , Chuck Finley and Dave Burba for the club record accomplished by Tribe pitchers at Progressive Field.

Set a new Indians record when he fanned 7 consecutive batters through innings 3-5… the previous record of 6 was shared by Bob Feller , Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot.

After striking out 11 batters in his previous home start (aforementioned complete game), Kluber became the first Tribe pitcher to strike out 11 or more batters in consecutive home starts since Dennis Eckersley on August 13 & 23, 1976.

–Indians Baseball Information Department

 

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