2015 Cleveland Indians Postseason player profile: Starter Corey Kluber

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Corey Kluber

Height: 6-4

Weight: 215

Birthday: 4/10/86

Birthplace: Birmingham, Ala.

Resides: Jacksonville, Fla.

Club control: 2019 (club options 2020, 2021)

Twitter: @CKluber

The numbers:

  • 9-16
  • 3.49 ERA
  • 1.05 WHIP (career low)
  • 245 strikeouts (fifth in MLB)
  • 222 innings (2nd in AL)
  • 5.5 WAR (8th in MLB)
  • 4 complete games (tied for AL lead)
    • Consecutive CGs on Aug. 9 and 14 – the first Indians pitcher to do so since Roberto Hernandez in Sept. 2010
  • 44 K:BB ratio (6th in MLB)

Behind the numbers:

  • Struck out career-high 18 batters in near no-hitter against the Cardinals on May 13
    • One of five pitchers in MLB history to strike out 18 or more batters without allowing a walk (Tiant, Clemens, Johnson, Wood)
    • Only second MLB pitcher with 18 strikeouts in 8 or fewer innings, joining Randy Johnson
  • Limited opposing hitters to career-low .231 average – right-handed batters hit .197 off him (6th-lowest in MLB)
  • Suffered from poor run support, as he received 82 runs of support; team scored two or fewer runs in 21 of his 32 starts
  • Carried no-hit bids into the seventh inning on two occaions (May 13, Aug. 9)
  • Second-fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts (80 career games; Herb Score, 68 games)

Highlights:

 

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