Making the case for Corey Kluber as the AL Cy Young Award winner

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So, Corey Kluber is having a heck of a 2014 season – Cy Young worthy, in our view. There are other good candidates, of course, so we thought we’d help you make the case for CK, the Klubot, as this year’s AL Cy Young award. (All numbers updated as of Wednesday morning.)

  • 16 – 2nd-highest AL win total
  • 2.54—4th-best AL ERA
  • 244—2nd-highest AL strikeout total
  • 219.2—2nd-highest AL inning total
  • 3—2nd-most complete games
  • 10—3rd-best AL strikeout/9 IP total
  • 24—3rd-most AL quality starts
  • 6.3—3rd-highest AL Wins Above Replacement

More numbers:

  • 16—Most wins by Tribe starter since 2008
  • 244—First Tribe pitcher to reach 200 Ks since Sabathia in 2007
  • 9—All-time Cleveland pitchers with 200 Ks (Feller, Score, McDowell, etc.)
  • 1.84—Second-half ERA, third-lowest figure in MLB
  • 14—Career-high Ks on Tuesday at Houston
  • 6—Consecutive wins from 7/6-8/9; longest CLE win streak since Lee in ‘08
  • 1.10—Run support average in his 9 losses
  • 19—Consecutive batters retired (6.1IP) on 7/24 at KC
  • 85—Number of pitches needed to throw first CGSHO on 7/30 vs. Seattle
  • 25—Career-high consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (7/24-8/4)
  • 60—MLB-leading strikeout total during month of May
  • 1968—Last time a Cleveland starter had at least 9 double-digit strikeout games

 

In addition to all these great numbers, here’s what Kluber accomplished on Tuesday in helping the Indians stop a four-game losing streak:

 

  • His 14 strikeouts were the most in a game by an Indians pitcher since Bartolo Colon on May 29, 1998.
  • Logged his 9th start of 10 strikeouts or more this season; he now ranks behind only Sam McDowell in that category, who had 10 such games in 1970.
  • Registered his 19th start of 8 strikeouts or more, the fourth-most such starts in a single season in Tribe history (McDowell 2x and Bob Feller)
  • Moved into 12th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list, passing Gaylord Perry (234, 1972), McDowell (236, 1967), Perry (238, 1973) and Feller (240, 1938). Perry threw 344 and 342 innings, respectively, in those two seasons, while Feller threw 277 innings in 1938. McDowell threw 236. Kluber is at 219.2 innings, with two starts remaining.
  • Those players’ K/9 rates in those seasons:
    • Kluber (2014): 10.00
    • McDowell (1967): 8.99
    • Feller (1938): 7.78
    • Perry (1972): 6.15
    • Perry (1973): 6.23
  • Of Indians starters with more than 200 innings in one season, Kluber’s 10.00 K/9 innings ranks second, behind McDowell’s 10.71 K/9 in 1965 (325 K/273 IP).

 

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