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Sept. 1 pregame notes: Tigers series stuff, Gomes heats up and Kluber is, well, Kluber

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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.

Pregame notes: Kluber’s dominance, Walters’ historical feat, 9K wins and more

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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:

COREY KLUBER

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

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).

PITCHING

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).

Corey Kluber is rather good

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TODAY’S START

  • 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.

 

LAST START

  • 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

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The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:

Slider:

Jim Rosenhaus:

Paul Dolan:

Trevor Bauer:

Mark Shapiro:

Terry Francona:

Corey Kluber:

Danny Salazar:

Nick Swisher:

We’ll update as more participate!

Corey Kluber: Cy Young candidate — and Rust Cohle impersonator?

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.

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Photo Gallery: Kluber dominates, Aviles walks it off

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The headline says it all, and if it doesn’t, let these fantastic photos say more.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland

Come watch AL Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber pitch tonight or he will give you the death stare

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Corey Kluber is on an incredible roll, and pitches tonight at home to begin a three-game series vs. Baltimore. You should come watch him pitch. Why? (Other than the headline, of course…)

For one, here’s where he ranks among AL starters:

  • Wins: T-2nd, 13
  • Strikeouts: 4th, 187
  • WAR: 4th, 5.3
  • Starter ERA: 3rd, 2.46

Moreover, here are some other amazing tidbits about his amazing 2014 season:

  • In his past seven starts, he’s 6-0 with a 1.33 ERA
  • He has seven starts with 10 or more strikeouts, and 13 starts with eight or more.
  • In all of those starts, he’s walked 2 or fewer batters.
  • In 17 of his 25 starts, he’s allowed two or fewer runs.
  • In seven of his last nine starts, he’s allowed 1 or fewer earned runs.

Here’s what Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway said recently of Kluber, via a story by Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal: “It seems like every few outings you’re hearing something about the last 100 years. It’s
been crazy.”

Wednesday recap: Photos, facts/figures from Kluber’s — surprise! — dominant start

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(Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)

Corey Kluber was again dominant on Wednesday. Details on his dominance:

  • Registered his first career complete game shutout tonight (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 85 pitches/69 strikes) and his second career complete game, the other coming in a 5-1 win back on April 24 vs. Kansas City, as Kluber surrendered just a single unearned run in that prior outing against the Royals (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO)…marked the third individual CG thrown by an Indians hurler this season (also Josh Tomlin, June 28 at Seattle).
  • Kluber threw just 16 balls against 69 strikes tonight…his strikeout-to-walk ratio ratio this season is 5.15 (170 strikeouts/33 walks)…Kluber became the first Indians pitcher to issue zero walks in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings since Cliff Lee in 2009 on July 16 vs. Seattle and July 21 at Toronto…between Lee in 2009 and Kluber in 2014, that feat has been accomplished just two other times: 1) Cliff Lee for Seattle in 2010 on June 18 vs. Cincinnati & June 23 vs. Chicago-NL and 2) David Price for Tampa Bay in 2013 on July 7 vs. Chicago-AL & July 12 vs. Houston…Kluber is the first right-hander to pull the trick since Javier Vazquez for Chicago-AL in 2007 on July 3 vs. Baltimore & July 8 vs. Minnesota.
  • Kluber needed just 85 pitches to go the distance tonight…since pitch counts began getting tracked officially in 1988, he is the only Indians hurler to record a 9.0-inning shutout on 85 pitches-or-fewer and just the second since 1988 to do so in 90-or-less, joining Charles Nagy on June 12, 1992 vs. New York-AL (9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 90 pitches).
  • Since pitch counts were first tracked in 1988, tonight marked just the 20th individual CG shutout in the Majors on 85 pitches or fewer, first since Boston’s Aaron Cook on June 29, 2012 at Seattle (Cook is the only pitcher since 1988 to complete the feat twice)…of those 20 games, Kluber’s effort tonight marked just the 4th time for a pitcher to also record 8 strikeouts, joining Greg Maddux (July 2, 1997 at New York-AL), Roy Halladay (Oct. 5, 2001-G1 vs. Cleveland) and Rich Harden (July 14, 2005 vs. Texas) – Maddux, Halladay and Harden each finished with 8 K’s.
  • Paired with his 9.0-inning no decision on July 24 at Kansas City (9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 107 pitches, 28 batters faced), Kluber has worked 18.0 innings over his last 2 starts, allowing zero earned runs on zero walks and just 5 hits (.089, 5-for-56), while compiling 18 strikeouts…according the Baseball-Reference Play Index, Kluber is the only pitcher in Major League history to face 28 batters or fewer in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings (starts uninterrupted by any relief appearances).

Indians Homestand Notes: Fans’ guide to 8 games vs. SEA, TEX, CIN

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The Indians return home for eight games, including three game series vs. the Mariners (July 29-31) and the Rangers (Aug. 1-3) and a two-game series vs. the Reds (Aug. 4-5).

  • KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: August 1-3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, August 1
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, August 1
  • Fireworks (Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, August 1
  • Jim Thome statue unveiling: Saturday, August 2
  • Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank: Saturday, August 2
  • Fireworks (Thome celebration), presented by J.M. Smucker Co.: Saturday, August 2
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, August 2
  • Slider’s birthday: Sunday, August 3
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, August 3
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, August 3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Tuesday, August 5
  • Indians Duck Tape (10,000 fans), presented by ShurTech Brands: Tuesday, August 5

Don’t miss a minute of 20th anniversary weekend festivities!

The Indians are celebrating 20 years at Progressive Field throughout the weekend with special events. The schedule includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: A celebration of Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as the Voice of the Indians, with a pregame ceremony and his calls played throughout the game.
  • Saturday, Aug. 2: The unveiling of Jim Thome’s statue in center field before the game. Note: The ceremony will begin at 5PM, and all gates open at 4:30PM. Fans can watch the ceremony on the scoreboard.

The weekend also is KeyBank Hassle Free weekend, during which KeyBank will have many special offers through the At the Ballpark app. Fans should take advantage of the new public Wi-Fi at Progressive Field and download MLB.com’s At the Ballpark, then check in for special offers from Key. Plus, Key will be delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn, water and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Fans can guarantee themselves a Thome statue by using Promo Pass!

Fans can guarantee themselves a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank, with Promo Pass! By purchasing game tickets at Indians.com/PromoPass, fans can ensure a promotional item will be waiting for them inside the gates, even if the items are gone at the gate.

Tribe Park and Ride, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back!

Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio on 4 dates from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.

Upcoming TPAR schedule:

  • Aug. 2: Westlake(Dave and Buster’s) and Independence (Doubletree Hotel)

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Real #KluberFacts: Why Corey Kluber deserves to be on the AL All-Star team

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We’ve had some fun with Corey Kluber and the #VoteKluber thing this week; to recap, click these links to follow viral photos of our fun:

But since Kluber is a straight shooter, it’s time for some real Kluber Facts: Corey is the most deserving of the five Final Vote candidates, and here’s why:

His 137 strikeouts are fifth-most in the Majors, and are by far the most among AL Final Vote candidates. Among final vote candidates, he also has the most starts and innings pitched, and his strikeout-per-9 ratio just barely trails that of Chris Sale, who has missed time with an injury (9.9 to 9.8).

He had another masterful start on Sunday, in which he allowed only 4 hits – 2 of which were infield hits. More from Sunday:

  • Against Kansas City at home this season, Kluber is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and 1 walk in 17.1 innings.
  • Sunday was the third time this season Kluber recorded at least 10 strikeouts and yielded one walk in a start – Kluber is only the 8th pitcher in club history to accomplish that feat since 1914.

Kluber also had an historic month of May, and probably should have been named AL Pitcher of the Month in May. (New York’s Masahiro Tanaka won the award.)

In May, Kluber logged a 4-0 record, 2.09 ERA, and 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks. To put that into historic perspective:

  • The 60 strikeouts were the most in a month by a Tribe pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1976
  • Kluber is only the 5th Indians pitcher since 1914 to strike out 60 batters in one month
  • Kluber is only the second pitcher to record 60 or more strikeouts in one month in the last 10 years (Yu Darvish is the other)
  • Kluber’s stretch of six starts (5/4-5/30) with at least 8 strikeouts was the longest by an Indians RHP since Bob Feller in 1946

He’s also been a victim of some bad luck: In three of his losses, he’s allowed three or fewer runs, and he’s given up two or fewer in each of his last two losses. In his losses overall, the Indians have averaged only 2.3 runs per game.

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