Final notes on Corey Kluber’s historic, Cy Young-worthy 2014 campaign

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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.

2 Comments

IF COREY ISN’T THE CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER, THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE THIS AWARD. NOBODY IS EVEN CLOSE

AND BRANTLEY IS THE MVP OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE, UNLESS THE BASTARDS WHO VOTE ARE ON MEGADRUGS

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