Sept. 1 pregame notes: Tigers series stuff, Gomes heats up and Kluber is, well, Kluber
The Indians have won 6 of 7 overall and are 17-9 (.654) in August (13-5 since August 9).
With 7 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-5 edge over the Tigers, going 3-3 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park…the two clubs have not met since opening the second half in Motown. The Indians went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013.
The Tribe’s offense has outscored Detroit’s 63-58, averaging 5.3 runs per game, while batting .290/.363/.455 with 29 doubles and 14 HR’s in 12 games…Indians have been held to fewer than 4 runs just twice and still won one of those contests (3-2 win 4/16 at DET).
Cleveland owns the 4th-highest home winning pct. in the American League, 5th-highest in the Majors at 39-25 (.609), winning 9 of 13, 16 of 25 and 36 of their last 56 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start. Cleveland is scheduled to play 17 of club’s final 27 games at home.
Yan Gomes ranks among A.L. leaders in the following categories after last night’s 4H game Avg (13th, .291) Slg% (12th, .480) vLHP (2nd,.368)
The Kluber Component
Corey Kluber (5.8) has the most Wins Above Replacement among pitchers this season, trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (7.0) and Seattle’s .Félix Hernández (5.9)
He owns 8 outings of at least 10 strikeouts this season, the most double-digit strikeout efforts by any Indians hurler since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley also registered 8 in 1976…the only pitcher in the Majors with that many 10+ K games in 2014 is Detroit’s David Price (10)…with 10 or more strikeouts this afternoon, Kluber’s 9 such performances on the season would be the most for a Tribe pitcher since Sam McDowell notched 10 double-digit K games in 1970.
He also owns six 10 K/one-or-fewer walk performances this season, most by a Tribe pitcher over the past 100 seasons – previous mark of 4 was set by Eckersley in 1976…Price is also the only other pitcher in MLB to accomplish this feat in 2014.
Even in losing his last two starts – in which the Indians have scored only three runs – Kluber has struck out 16 batters and posted two quality starts.