The best #CyKluber perspective: From teammates Bourn, Murphy, Giambi
You may have heard of this Corey Kluber character … he’s had a pretty good year.
Before he wins – hopefully – the American League Cy Young award, we asked his teammates what has allowed Corey Kluber to turn into what we’ve been calling #CyKluber.
Here’s what they had to say:
The first time I saw him pitch was in Spring Trainin last year. I didn’t know who he was; I was new. (2013 Spring Training was Bourn’s first after signing with the Indians in February.)
You can tell when someone had good stuff. I asked Michael Brantley – “Who is this? He can pitch!”
Brantley said, “That’s Kluber.”
Over time, I watched him – and he got better as time went on. The thing about baseball – sometimes things don’t happen as soon as you want them to; sometimes success takes time. You have to be patient, and that’s what he’s done.
It’s not a surprise. He had the stuff; now he thinks along with it. He knows what hitters are thinking, and that’s fun to watch.
He’s always been good. He added a cutter, found his location and he just attacks hitters. He proves that you can attack the strike zone, throw strikes and gets guys out … and he does that night after night.
Ever since he’s been up – he didn’t even start last year with us in the big leagues —he’s grown more confident every start. He’s hit his stride and been getting better and better.
There are a lot of different reasons (he’s been so successful).
No one sees the way he works behind closed doors, besides his teammates and coaches. He works as hard as anybody. He’s in the weight room working hard between starts.
When he’s on the mound, he has phenomenal stuff… He just knows how to use it. He and Yan have formed a great combination.
When you have that many plus pitches and you locate them, hitters aren’t going to have much of a chance.
I compare him to (former Phillies and Blue Jays starter) Roy Halladay. From the stories I heard about Roy – he’s the same. He was a machine. He shows up at 5AM at Spring Training to do his work. If you ever faced him, you knew he wasn’t there to mess around.
That’s the same vibe Kluber gives off.