Real #KluberFacts: Why Corey Kluber deserves to be on the AL All-Star team
We’ve had some fun with Corey Kluber and the #VoteKluber thing this week; to recap, click these links to follow viral photos of our fun:
But since Kluber is a straight shooter, it’s time for some real Kluber Facts: Corey is the most deserving of the five Final Vote candidates, and here’s why:
His 137 strikeouts are fifth-most in the Majors, and are by far the most among AL Final Vote candidates. Among final vote candidates, he also has the most starts and innings pitched, and his strikeout-per-9 ratio just barely trails that of Chris Sale, who has missed time with an injury (9.9 to 9.8).
He had another masterful start on Sunday, in which he allowed only 4 hits – 2 of which were infield hits. More from Sunday:
- Against Kansas City at home this season, Kluber is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and 1 walk in 17.1 innings.
- Sunday was the third time this season Kluber recorded at least 10 strikeouts and yielded one walk in a start – Kluber is only the 8th pitcher in club history to accomplish that feat since 1914.
Kluber also had an historic month of May, and probably should have been named AL Pitcher of the Month in May. (New York’s Masahiro Tanaka won the award.)
In May, Kluber logged a 4-0 record, 2.09 ERA, and 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks. To put that into historic perspective:
- The 60 strikeouts were the most in a month by a Tribe pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1976
- Kluber is only the 5th Indians pitcher since 1914 to strike out 60 batters in one month
- Kluber is only the second pitcher to record 60 or more strikeouts in one month in the last 10 years (Yu Darvish is the other)
- Kluber’s stretch of six starts (5/4-5/30) with at least 8 strikeouts was the longest by an Indians RHP since Bob Feller in 1946
He’s also been a victim of some bad luck: In three of his losses, he’s allowed three or fewer runs, and he’s given up two or fewer in each of his last two losses. In his losses overall, the Indians have averaged only 2.3 runs per game.