Corey Kluber is rather good
- The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his 27th start/appearance of the season as the Tribe looks to sweep this 3-game series vs. Minnesota…also marks the 68th appearance and 63rd start of his career.
- Will be pitching on 5 days’ rest after notching his 8th double-digit strikeout performance (10) of the season in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win vs. Baltimore on Friday at Progressive Field.
- Kluber has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 starts dating back to June 15 at Boston, the lowest ERA (1.46) among all American League starters (2nd in Majors; Kershaw 1.20) over that stretch…Kluber also owns 93 K’s (4th in MLB) against just 16 walks over that span.
- That said, Kluber has limited opponents to 4 ER-or-fewer in each of his last 25 consecutive starts (25 of 26 in 2014), the 2nd-longest such streak in the Majors this season trailing Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who has allowed 4 ER-or-fewer in all 26 of his starts this season.
- Kluber has reeled off a career-high 6 straight victories…the last Tribe starter with a single-season 6-game win streak was Cliff Lee, who won 11 consecutive decisions from July 11-September 12, 2008.
- Kluber went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts during the month of May, notching a Major League-best 60 strikeouts over that span.
- Enters today’s start ranked T3rd in the American League with 197 strikeouts and is averaging just 1.91 walks per nine innings this season (38 BB/179.1 IP), the lowest rate among all Tribe starters…strikeout:walk ratio (5.18) ranks 7th in the American League.
- Today’s outing will mark Kluber’s first tilt against the Twins this season.
- Kluber notched 10 strikeouts across 7.2 strong innings in his last start on Friday vs. Baltimore, but did not factor into the decision as the Tribe eventually walked off (Zach Walters solo HR) in the bottom of the 11th.
MINNESOTA/AT TARGET FIELD
- Set to make his first start of the season vs. Minnesota, Kluber has gone 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA (20 ER/37.1 IP) in 7 career starts against the Twins…earned both victories in 2013, going 2-1 w/a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 4 starts.
- Has made 3 career starts here at Target Field in Minnesota, and despite a 6.43 ERA (10 ER/14.0 IP), Kluber has yet to shoulder a loss at this venue (1-0); Tribe has gone 1-2 in those 3 starts.
JUST NEED 3
- With at least 3 strikeouts in today’s start, Kluber will become the first Indians pitcher to reach 200 K’s in a single season since LHP CC SABATHIA (209) in 2007 – the first right-hander since Bartolo Colon (201) in 2001.
- Kluber would also become just the 8th different pitcher in Indians history to reach the single season 200-strikeout plateau joining, Sabathia, Colon, Dennis Eckersley, Gaylord Perry, Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Herb Score and Bob Feller.
LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD
- Kluber has registered 197 strikeouts through his first 25 starts of the season – T3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (212) and Max Scherzer (205) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T4th), ERA (2.41 3rd), innings (179.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.07, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.89, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (5.18, 7th), opposing batting average (.228, 8th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).
AFTER THE BREAK…
- Kluber has allowed just 4 earned runs over 47.2 innings in 6 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (0.76) and opposing batting average (.161; 27-168) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: wins (4, T5th), innings (47.2, T6th) and strikeouts (55, 3rd).
- Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 2 earned runs over his last 39.0 innings, recording 45 strikeouts against just 5 walks over that stretch