Sept. 6 pregame notes: Kluber’s ranks, the kids in the Tribe’s rotation are all right and more
According to STATS LLC, Cleveland’s 13-3 record at home against the White Sox since last season is tied for second-best home record by a team vs. a divisional opponent behind only the Yankees’ 14-2 record against the Blue Jays at home.
More from today’s game notes:
Corey Kluber has collected a career-high 215 strikeouts across 29 starts this season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (232) and Max Scherzer (226) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T10th), ERA (2.58 5th), innings (195.1, 4th), WHIP (1.13, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.91, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.67, 7th) and pitches per inning (15.1, 7th).
Prior to Kluber losing his last three starts, he had gone 47 consecutive starts without taking back-to-back losses (STATS LLC).
Although T.J. House did not factor into tonight’s decision, the Indians have gone a perfect 5-0 through his first 5 career starts here at Progressive Field.
With his 15th start of the season in tonight’s game, House joined Trevor Bauer and become only the 3rd duo of rookie pitchers since 1976 to make at least 15 starts in a season for the Tribe…House/Bauer join: Bartolo Colon (17) & Jaret Wright (16) in 1997 and a trio of Jason Davis (27), Billy Traber (18) & Ricardo Rodriguez (15) in 2003.
Last night was David Murphy’s 5th career walk-off hit, 4th in extra innings…all 5 have been RBI-singles, 4 of those coming with the bases loaded.
Cleveland improved to 11-7 in extra innings this season (7-5 at home, 4-2 on the road)…the club’s 19 extra-inning games (including suspended game of 8/31 at KC) are T2nd-most in the Majors with Philadelphia behind only Boston (20)…5 of Cleveland’s last 11 games have gone to extra innings.
Cleveland improved to 22-18 (.550) in one-run games with last night’s win, 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Baltimore (.596, 28-19) and Los Angeles-AL (.578, 26-19), also 7th-best in the Majors.