Pregame notes: Kluber’s dominance, Walters’ historical feat, 9K wins and more
The Indians have won five of their last six road games and enter tonight’s game just 2 victories shy of recording their 9,000th all-time win as a franchise.
MOST ALL-TIME AMERICAN LEAGUE FRANCHISE WINS
- New York Yankees: 9,897-7,479 (.570)
- Boston Red Sox: 9,133-8,537 (.517)
- Cleveland Indians: 8,998-8,676 (.509)
- Detroit Tigers: 8,992-8,706 (.508)
- Chicago White Sox: 8,914-8,744 (.505)
More from today’s game notes:
Kluber has registered 205 strikeouts through his first 27 starts of the season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (221) and Max Scherzer (209) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T6th), ERA (2.46 3rd), innings (186.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.08, 7th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.90, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.88, 6th), opposing batting average (.229, 7th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).
Kluber has allowed just 7 earned runs over 54.2 innings in 7 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (1.15) and opposing batting average (.172; 33-192) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: innings (54.2, T6th) and strikeouts (63, T2nd).
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 5 earned runs over his last 46.0 innings, recording 53 strikeouts against just 9 walks over that stretch.
Zach Walters came to Cleveland in the July 31 trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington … and all he’s done since, it seems, is hit big homers.
Walters has six homers in 13 games with Cleveland, and nine homers this season (between Cleveland and Washington) in 87 at-bats. That’s a pace of a homer every 9.67 ABs. (For perspective, Babe Ruth’s career rate was 1 homer in every 11.67 at-bats – and to be clear, we’re not comparing the two.)
His homers have been clutch, too: Of Walters’ six HRs with the Tribe, four have given the team the lead – like on Tuesday night vs. the White Sox – and the other two have tied games.
Walters is the only player in Indians franchise history to hit six homers sin his firsts 13 games with the club, according to Elias. Those with five in their first 13 games with the organization: Leon Wagner (1964), Luis Medina (1988), Juan Gonzalez (2001), Jayson Nix (2010), Jason Kipnis (2011), Mark Reynolds (2013).
With a 2.88 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.31 ERA by the rotation (5th in A.L., 7th in MLB) and a 2.12 ERA by the bullpen (best in the Majors)
The Indians rotation was charged with 5 ER in 4.2 innings last night – one-third of the staff’s total over previous 13 games (15 ER/79.0 IP)… that said, Cleveland starters still own a 2.15 ERA (20 ER/83.2 IP) over the club’s last 14 games since Aug. 9 (10-4 record), collecting 91 K’s against 23 walks while holding opponents to a .189 clip (56-297).