Final notes on Corey Kluber’s historic, Cy Young-worthy 2014 campaign
Corey Kluber struck out 11 in 8 innings as the Indians beat Tampa Bay, 1-0, at Progressive Field on Friday night. Jose Ramirez’s first-inning homer was all Kluber needed in support.
Notes on Kluber’s historic season and strong push for the American League Cy Young Award:
- Recorded his American League-leading 18th victory (tied: Weaver/Scherzer) of the season after holding the Rays to just 5 hits over 8.0 shutout innings; Kluber racked up 11 strikeouts and issued just 2 free passes (W, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 SO, 106 pitches/74 strikes).
- Kluber’s 18 victories are most by a Tribe hurler since Cliff Lee went 22-3 in his 2008 Cy Young campaign – most by a Tribe RHP since Roberto Hernandez (19-8) in 2007.
- Marks his MLB-high 10th start this season of 7.0+ innings, 2 or fewer earned runs and 10+ strikeouts…only other pitcher in the Majors with more than 5 such outings is the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw with 6.
- Kluber now owns 11 outings of at least 10 strikeouts this season, most by a Tribe starter since Herb Score notched 11 such appearances during the 1956 campaign…the only other pitcher in the Majors with that many 10+ K games in 2014 is David Price (11)…also marks his 21st start of at least 8 strikeouts this season, tied with Bob Feller (21 in 1946) for 3rd most in club history behind only Sam McDowell (24 in 1965; 23 in 1970).
- Kluber’s 11 strikeouts moved him into sole possession of 6th place on the Indians all-time single season list – Bob Feller (1st) and Sam McDowell (2nd-5th) hold each of the top 5 spots.
- Ended the regular season winning each of his last 5 starts, scattering just 5 earned runs over his last 40.1 innings – Kluber racked up 54 strikeouts against just 5 walks over that span while limiting opposing batters to .211 (32-152) average against…in collecting a career-high 14 strikeouts in each of his previous 2 starts, Kluber becomes the first pitcher in Indians history to register at least 10 strikeouts in each of his last 3 starts to conclude a season.
- In finishing 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA (64 ER/235.2 IP) and 269 strikeouts, Kluber joined Bob Feller in 1946 (26-15, 2.18 ERA (90 ER/371.1), 348 SO) as just the second pitcher in Indians history to record a season of at least 18 wins and 265 strikeouts, while posting an ERA of 2.50-or-lower.