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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
- 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).
After a 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon, the Indians have allowed no earned runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 27-28, 2013 (back-to-back shutouts of Texas, 1-0, 6-0)….Corey Kluber allowed only an unearned run in his complete game victory on Saturday night. The team’s final two victories over Chicago mark the first time since April 23 and April 24, 1991, vs. Kansas City that the Indians have struck out 8 or more batters and walked none in consecutive games. More on today’s starter, Carlos Carrasco:
- Fell an out shy of his first career shutout after allowing two singles in the 9th (8.2IP, 4H, 0R/ER, 103 pitches/74 strikes)…In six starts since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70ERA (3ER/38.2IP) and 42 SO vs. just 4 BB… In his two no-decisions in that span, Carrasco allowed just 2 R/ER in 11.2IP while receiving 3 total runs of support.
- Marked the 7th time this season an Indians starter has pitched at least 8 innings with 8 SO and 0 BB….Carrasco has struck out 8 or more batters in three of his last four starts.
Watch Carlos talk about his start in a post-game interview with Carrasco by clicking here.
Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox on Saturday, registering his third complete game of the season in picking up his 14th win (9.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO,104 pitches/74 strikes)… Moves into 17th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list with 223, passing Luis Tiant (219, 1967) and Gaylord Perry (216, 1974) on that list. More:
- Has now allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts and in 20 of his 31 starts overall (65 percent). He’s limited opponents to 4 or fewer earned runs in each of his last 29 starts, the longest such streak in MLB.
- Marks Kluber’s third complete game this season with 0 ER and 8 SO or more… That’s the most such games by an Indians pitcher since Len Barker had 3 in 1981.
- Kluber now has six starts this season in which he’s struck out 8 or more and walked 0 batters, the only Indians pitcher
- His 18 starts with 8 SO or more tie him for 4th in Indians history (since 1914) for a single season (Score, 1956; McDowell, 1966-67).
According to STATS LLC, Cleveland’s 13-3 record at home against the White Sox since last season is tied for second-best home record by a team vs. a divisional opponent behind only the Yankees’ 14-2 record against the Blue Jays at home.
More from today’s game notes:
Corey Kluber has collected a career-high 215 strikeouts across 29 starts this season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (232) and Max Scherzer (226) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T10th), ERA (2.58 5th), innings (195.1, 4th), WHIP (1.13, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.91, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.67, 7th) and pitches per inning (15.1, 7th).
Prior to Kluber losing his last three starts, he had gone 47 consecutive starts without taking back-to-back losses (STATS LLC).
Although T.J. House did not factor into tonight’s decision, the Indians have gone a perfect 5-0 through his first 5 career starts here at Progressive Field.
With his 15th start of the season in tonight’s game, House joined Trevor Bauer and become only the 3rd duo of rookie pitchers since 1976 to make at least 15 starts in a season for the Tribe…House/Bauer join: Bartolo Colon (17) & Jaret Wright (16) in 1997 and a trio of Jason Davis (27), Billy Traber (18) & Ricardo Rodriguez (15) in 2003.
Last night was David Murphy’s 5th career walk-off hit, 4th in extra innings…all 5 have been RBI-singles, 4 of those coming with the bases loaded.
Cleveland improved to 11-7 in extra innings this season (7-5 at home, 4-2 on the road)…the club’s 19 extra-inning games (including suspended game of 8/31 at KC) are T2nd-most in the Majors with Philadelphia behind only Boston (20)…5 of Cleveland’s last 11 games have gone to extra innings.
Cleveland improved to 22-18 (.550) in one-run games with last night’s win, 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Baltimore (.596, 28-19) and Los Angeles-AL (.578, 26-19), also 7th-best in the Majors.
The Indians have won 6 of 7 overall and are 17-9 (.654) in August (13-5 since August 9).
With 7 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-5 edge over the Tigers, going 3-3 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park…the two clubs have not met since opening the second half in Motown. The Indians went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013.
The Tribe’s offense has outscored Detroit’s 63-58, averaging 5.3 runs per game, while batting .290/.363/.455 with 29 doubles and 14 HR’s in 12 games…Indians have been held to fewer than 4 runs just twice and still won one of those contests (3-2 win 4/16 at DET).
Cleveland owns the 4th-highest home winning pct. in the American League, 5th-highest in the Majors at 39-25 (.609), winning 9 of 13, 16 of 25 and 36 of their last 56 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start. Cleveland is scheduled to play 17 of club’s final 27 games at home.
Yan Gomes ranks among A.L. leaders in the following categories after last night’s 4H game Avg (13th, .291) Slg% (12th, .480) vLHP (2nd,.368)
The Kluber Component
Corey Kluber (5.8) has the most Wins Above Replacement among pitchers this season, trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (7.0) and Seattle’s .Félix Hernández (5.9)
He owns 8 outings of at least 10 strikeouts this season, the most double-digit strikeout efforts by any Indians hurler since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley also registered 8 in 1976…the only pitcher in the Majors with that many 10+ K games in 2014 is Detroit’s David Price (10)…with 10 or more strikeouts this afternoon, Kluber’s 9 such performances on the season would be the most for a Tribe pitcher since Sam McDowell notched 10 double-digit K games in 1970.
He also owns six 10 K/one-or-fewer walk performances this season, most by a Tribe pitcher over the past 100 seasons – previous mark of 4 was set by Eckersley in 1976…Price is also the only other pitcher in MLB to accomplish this feat in 2014.
Even in losing his last two starts – in which the Indians have scored only three runs – Kluber has struck out 16 batters and posted two quality starts.
The Indians have won five of their last six road games and enter tonight’s game just 2 victories shy of recording their 9,000th all-time win as a franchise.
MOST ALL-TIME AMERICAN LEAGUE FRANCHISE WINS
- New York Yankees: 9,897-7,479 (.570)
- Boston Red Sox: 9,133-8,537 (.517)
- Cleveland Indians: 8,998-8,676 (.509)
- Detroit Tigers: 8,992-8,706 (.508)
- Chicago White Sox: 8,914-8,744 (.505)
More from today’s game notes:
Kluber has registered 205 strikeouts through his first 27 starts of the season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (221) and Max Scherzer (209) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T6th), ERA (2.46 3rd), innings (186.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.08, 7th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.90, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.88, 6th), opposing batting average (.229, 7th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).
Kluber has allowed just 7 earned runs over 54.2 innings in 7 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (1.15) and opposing batting average (.172; 33-192) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: innings (54.2, T6th) and strikeouts (63, T2nd).
Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 5 earned runs over his last 46.0 innings, recording 53 strikeouts against just 9 walks over that stretch.
Zach Walters came to Cleveland in the July 31 trade that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington … and all he’s done since, it seems, is hit big homers.
Walters has six homers in 13 games with Cleveland, and nine homers this season (between Cleveland and Washington) in 87 at-bats. That’s a pace of a homer every 9.67 ABs. (For perspective, Babe Ruth’s career rate was 1 homer in every 11.67 at-bats – and to be clear, we’re not comparing the two.)
His homers have been clutch, too: Of Walters’ six HRs with the Tribe, four have given the team the lead – like on Tuesday night vs. the White Sox – and the other two have tied games.
Walters is the only player in Indians franchise history to hit six homers sin his firsts 13 games with the club, according to Elias. Those with five in their first 13 games with the organization: Leon Wagner (1964), Luis Medina (1988), Juan Gonzalez (2001), Jayson Nix (2010), Jason Kipnis (2011), Mark Reynolds (2013).
With a 2.88 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.31 ERA by the rotation (5th in A.L., 7th in MLB) and a 2.12 ERA by the bullpen (best in the Majors)
The Indians rotation was charged with 5 ER in 4.2 innings last night – one-third of the staff’s total over previous 13 games (15 ER/79.0 IP)… that said, Cleveland starters still own a 2.15 ERA (20 ER/83.2 IP) over the club’s last 14 games since Aug. 9 (10-4 record), collecting 91 K’s against 23 walks while holding opponents to a .189 clip (56-297).
- The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his 27th start/appearance of the season as the Tribe looks to sweep this 3-game series vs. Minnesota…also marks the 68th appearance and 63rd start of his career.
- Will be pitching on 5 days’ rest after notching his 8th double-digit strikeout performance (10) of the season in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win vs. Baltimore on Friday at Progressive Field.
- Kluber has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 starts dating back to June 15 at Boston, the lowest ERA (1.46) among all American League starters (2nd in Majors; Kershaw 1.20) over that stretch…Kluber also owns 93 K’s (4th in MLB) against just 16 walks over that span.
- That said, Kluber has limited opponents to 4 ER-or-fewer in each of his last 25 consecutive starts (25 of 26 in 2014), the 2nd-longest such streak in the Majors this season trailing Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who has allowed 4 ER-or-fewer in all 26 of his starts this season.
- Kluber has reeled off a career-high 6 straight victories…the last Tribe starter with a single-season 6-game win streak was Cliff Lee, who won 11 consecutive decisions from July 11-September 12, 2008.
- Kluber went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts during the month of May, notching a Major League-best 60 strikeouts over that span.
- Enters today’s start ranked T3rd in the American League with 197 strikeouts and is averaging just 1.91 walks per nine innings this season (38 BB/179.1 IP), the lowest rate among all Tribe starters…strikeout:walk ratio (5.18) ranks 7th in the American League.
- Today’s outing will mark Kluber’s first tilt against the Twins this season.
- Kluber notched 10 strikeouts across 7.2 strong innings in his last start on Friday vs. Baltimore, but did not factor into the decision as the Tribe eventually walked off (Zach Walters solo HR) in the bottom of the 11th.
MINNESOTA/AT TARGET FIELD
- Set to make his first start of the season vs. Minnesota, Kluber has gone 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA (20 ER/37.1 IP) in 7 career starts against the Twins…earned both victories in 2013, going 2-1 w/a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 4 starts.
- Has made 3 career starts here at Target Field in Minnesota, and despite a 6.43 ERA (10 ER/14.0 IP), Kluber has yet to shoulder a loss at this venue (1-0); Tribe has gone 1-2 in those 3 starts.
JUST NEED 3
- With at least 3 strikeouts in today’s start, Kluber will become the first Indians pitcher to reach 200 K’s in a single season since LHP CC SABATHIA (209) in 2007 – the first right-hander since Bartolo Colon (201) in 2001.
- Kluber would also become just the 8th different pitcher in Indians history to reach the single season 200-strikeout plateau joining, Sabathia, Colon, Dennis Eckersley, Gaylord Perry, Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Herb Score and Bob Feller.
LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD
- Kluber has registered 197 strikeouts through his first 25 starts of the season – T3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (212) and Max Scherzer (205) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T4th), ERA (2.41 3rd), innings (179.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.07, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.89, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (5.18, 7th), opposing batting average (.228, 8th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).
AFTER THE BREAK…
- Kluber has allowed just 4 earned runs over 47.2 innings in 6 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (0.76) and opposing batting average (.161; 27-168) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: wins (4, T5th), innings (47.2, T6th) and strikeouts (55, 3rd).
- Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 2 earned runs over his last 39.0 innings, recording 45 strikeouts against just 5 walks over that stretch
Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge
The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:
— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) August 20, 2014
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) August 6, 2014
We’ll update as more participate!
Corey Kluber is an AL Cy Young candidate and apparently a budding actor. Below is video of him doing his best Rust Cohle impression; Cohle is a straight-faced detective on HBO’s “True Detective.” And Kluber kinda sorta nails it.
Here are photos from the shoot, which was conducted recently in New York City.
The headline says it all, and if it doesn’t, let these fantastic photos say more.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland