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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber quietly begins Cy Young season, beats Padres for win No. 1

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(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: April 8, 8-6

Opponent: San Diego Padres

Pitching line: 6 IP, 3ER, 8SO, 0 BB

Record: 1-1

2014 strikeout total: 10

Key at-bat: After Jedd Gyorko drove in Will Venable to cut the Tribe lead to 6-3, Kluber struck out the side with a punchout of Tommy Medica for the first of 26 quality starts of 2014.

Notable: Kluber had six starts with 8 or more strikeouts in his 11-5 2013 campaign, and this was the first of 21 in 2014.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 50

Highlights:

2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.

Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.

8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.

8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.

Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.

Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)

Photo Gallery: Best of 2014 from Tribe photographers

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Our photographers had another strong year in 2014, which we shared with you throughout the season.

We asked them to pass along their favorites from the season, and you can find those in the gallery above.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

2014 Season in Review: May — Kottaras, T-Plush, Lonnie/Good Guy go wild, Crockett and KLUBER

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

May 4 – New guy George Kottaras makes history: Kottaras, a journeyman catcher brought up from Columbus, homered in his first two at-bats with the Indians, somehow overshadowing another fantastic Corey Kluber start.

May 7 – Aviles logs the Tribe’s first walk-off of 2014: After 11 walk-offs in 2013, Mike Aviles gets the Indians first of 2014, a single up the middle to beat Minnesota.

May 11 — Nyjer Morgan offers epic postgame interview: Morgan, who joined the club during Spring Training, had an eventful couple months with the team before his season was cut short by injury … those events included this wild, epic postgame interview with Tribe radio men Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus.

May 13 – ‘Dr. Smooth’ is official: Michael Brantley’s nickname is officially official, as the roundly accepted measure of such things – being added to a player’s Baseball Reference page – happens. (more…)

Top 10 most popular TribeVibe posts of 2014 (so far)

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No. 10: Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

  • On Opening Day, the Indians announced that Jason Kipnis had agreed to a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. The first-time All-Star in 2013 struggled with an injured oblique muscle throughout the 2014 season, and will be looked to to rebound in 2015 and continue to be a clubhouse leader for the team.

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No. 9: Taking a trip down memory lane: Ballpark construction photos

  • While looking at some old files in February, we found these photos of the original construction of then-Jacobs Field. Great memories, especially as we embark upon the current ballpark renovation project!

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No. 8: Exclusive interview with the Progressive Field squirrel

  • Sometimes, in a long season, you have to have some fun … So when a random squirrel showed up and stayed a while during an April series with Kansas City, we posted a fake/sarcastic interview with said squirrel. It was a hit.

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Indians pitchers finalists for 2014 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached Americans of the Year — yes, really

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Led by Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber, the Indians pitching staff put together quite a resume over the second half of the 2014 campaign, and national media are definitely aware.

Kluber and Co. did not expect, however, to garner national recognition for the pitching staff’s rally staches, which added even more glamour to the team’s performance on the mound.

The certified Mustacheology Analysis Unit (MAU) has selected the Cleveland Indians pitching staff as one of its 10 finalists for the 2014 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year.

The MAU sorted through 500 nominees before narrowing it down to a list of 10 finalists. The award is slated to be announced October 25 in Richmond, Va.

The Indians pitching staff joins a group of fashionable mustache artists, including Bernie Brewer, Dan Snarr and Eric Holder, the first American U.S. Attorney General with a mustache since 1948. Thomas E. Dewey, the last U.S. presidential candidate from a major party with a mustache, will oversee the voting process.

The MAU provided the following analysis of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff:

  • Led by Cy Young hopeful Corey Kluber as well as the proprietor of one of the most impressive names in baseball history – Lonnie Chisenhall – the Cleveland Indians vastly exceeded expectations after adopting what is considered to be the most mustache-friendly clubhouse policy in professional baseball. The pitching staff’s collection of sturdy lower nose units lifted their entire team’s prospects to near-playoff capacity and created a broad level of handsomeness not seen since Debra Winger left to pursue her Hollywood dreams.

Tribe southpaw and huge rally stache advocate T.J. House – he of the wonderful fu Manchu style-stache — was excited to hear about the honor.

“I’m really surprised, myself, because I didn’t know this award was out there,” he said. “Also, I’m excited to see all those good staches recognized.”

House made it clear that rally staches are about more than just the fashion statement.

“I think the staff should win the award because we brought good awareness to a great cause — raising awareness for the extinction of mustaches,” he said.

To join House and his fellow Tribe pitchers in support of a great cause, visit http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/goulet-voting/ and vote for the Cleveland Indians pitching staff.

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

 

 

What national media are saying about Corey Kluber’s Cy Young candidacy

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Tribe starter Corey Kluber has emerged as an American League Cy Young favorite, and to illustrate the point, here are the opinions of five of the most prominent baseball writers in the country.

Jonah Keri, Grantland, Sept. 30:

AL MVP Ballot

  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels
  • Corey Kluber, SP, Indians
  • Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
  • Michael Brantley, OF, Indians

AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber

Chris Sale was outstanding this season, but he fell short in the end since he pitched 60-some fewer innings than the league leaders. That means the AL Cy Young race boils down to two top candidates: Corey Kluber and Felix Hernandez.

Let’s go to the tale of the tape, starting with the basics:

  • Kluber: 235.2IP, 269 K, 51 BB, 14 HR, 2.44 ERA
  • Hernandez: 236, 248, 46, 16, 2.14

Pretty damn close.

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Francona, Antonetti discuss Tribe after season finale

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Indians Manager Terry Francona and General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with media on Monday, a day after the club’s season finale against Tampa Bay on Sunday. They addressed a number of topics, including offseason goals, positives from 2014 and more.

Skipper first …

MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA

It’s still hard today … We don’t have all the answers.

Couple things I do know: We were faced with w lot of challenges: Some health, some guys not quite doing what we thought they’d do. Through it all, we managed to compete all the way to the end. That wasn’t our goal; our goal was to win. … I was really proud of the effort, of the players, of the front office guys. We always seem to do it together.

This year, it wasn’t enough to get us over the hump and into the playoffs, but it helped give us our best chance.

When it’s all said and done, you never want to leave it on the field, to have regrets. If you do, you’re kicking yourself if you end up a game or two short. That’s opposed to leaving it all out there, and not really having any regrets. It wasn’t good enough for us but we have no regrets.

We’re happy with how some of the young guys did, but we still need to get better. I’m not just talking about going out and getting players … I’m talking about everything, putting players in the best position to win.

On the team’s defense

There were a number of reasons where we weren’t really clean. It was flat out making errors, to maybe not getting to some balls earlier in the season. We spent a majority of the season trying to unshoot our foot. That’s a hard way to play. What we talk about is the more work we can get done at high intensity, the better.

Re: positives of 2014

We are disappointed. The goal is to get to the Postseason and keep playing. But part of what excites me so much fi the effort our guys gave to get us to where we got.

Look at some of the core group we have in place:

  • Yan Gomes is a bona fide All-Star. There’s a lot to like there : his energy, his game-calling ability.
  • Brantley turned into one of the top position players in the league. And his impact goes far beyond the numbers.

On Corey Kluber

I don’t know if he’s going to win the Cy Young or not, but he should. Look at (Seattle’s) Felix (Hernandez) and you look at Kluber — If you took their names off of it and put their resumes side by side, Kluber would win the Cy Young. That’s the best endorsement I can give Klubes. The reason I say that is that I went and did it – didn’t want to be a homer. I actually felt like Kluber deserved it, and I didn’t know whose numbers was who.

There are three reasons why I’m so happy here: One is our players, I love the players. Another is the atmosphere Chris and his guys have fostered here, which I think is remarkable. The third one is, I just like the city.

I grew up around here, spent first six years of my life here. There are challenges ahead of us, but it’ll be more special when we figure it out and put it all together.

GENERAL MANAGER CHRIS ANTONETTI

It’s disappointing to not still be playing. Our goal is to win the World Series and to do that you have to be in the Postseason.

But stepping back from that, I couldn’t be more proud of our players and coaching staff and how they persevered. No matter how difficult the loss the night before, they showed up ready the next day. Tito, our coaches and players deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled things.

After you get past the disappointment of not making it and reflect back, there were a lot of positives this year – especially when you look at the development and progress for a lot of our younger players. We were alive on a really young roster to make a postseason push.

We had developments from Michael Brantley’s emergence as star, to Yan (Gomes), to Lonnie (Chisenhall)… Up and down, see progress they made. You see that and look forward and that’s incredibly exciting to us. We’ve never gone into an offseason in a better position of strength.

Our younger guys gained incredible experience. We asked a lot of them – to make the transition to the big leagues and the environment, and then make a postseason push. In exit meetings, a lot of guys referenced that experience. We’ll benefit from that.

This year obviously was not the script we drew up. We had some injuries, some inconsistencies from our veterans, and we placed a big burden on some of our younger guys.

There are a number of ways we improve this offseason:

  • The young guys who contributed this year can continue to progress
  • Our veteran guys return to health and perform the way they’re capable
  • And we’ll look externally and find ways we can improve

Re: Swisher’s surgeries

It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year. Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to Spring Training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing.

On the positives from 2014:

In the rotation, look at the emergence of young, extraordinary pitching staff. We set the MLB record for strikeouts, which is an incredible accomplishment given youth. They’ll all be here for the foreseeable future. Look at the progress they made and where they go forward, it’s exciting.

Michael Brantley has emerged into what we believe is a star player in the league. Yan Gomes established himself as one of the best catchers in the AL if not baseball. Lonnie (Chisenhall put together a very good season especially for a young player. There were a lot of individual performances in all aspects of the club that are promising.

Our defense is an area we need to better in. It was better in the second half than the first half, but we have to be better there.

 

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.

The best #CyKluber perspective: From teammates Bourn, Murphy, Giambi

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You may have heard of this Corey Kluber character … he’s had a pretty good year.

Before he wins – hopefully – the American League Cy Young award, we asked his teammates what has allowed Corey Kluber to turn into what we’ve been calling #CyKluber.

Here’s what they had to say:

MICHAEL BOURN

The first time I saw him pitch was in Spring Trainin last year. I didn’t know who he was; I was new. (2013 Spring Training was Bourn’s first after signing with the Indians in February.)

You can tell when someone had good stuff. I asked Michael Brantley – “Who is this? He can pitch!”

Brantley said, “That’s Kluber.”

Over time, I watched him – and he got better as time went on. The thing about baseball – sometimes things don’t happen as soon as you want them to; sometimes success takes time. You have to be patient, and that’s what he’s done.

It’s not a surprise. He had the stuff; now he thinks along with it. He knows what hitters are thinking, and that’s fun to watch.

JASON GIAMBI

He’s always been good. He added a cutter, found his location and he just attacks hitters. He proves that you can attack the strike zone, throw strikes and gets guys out … and he does that night after night.

Ever since he’s been up – he didn’t even start last year with us in the big leagues —he’s grown more confident every start. He’s hit his stride and been getting better and better.

DAVID MURPHY

There are a lot of different reasons (he’s been so successful).

No one sees the way he works behind closed doors, besides his teammates and coaches. He works as hard as anybody. He’s in the weight room working hard between starts.

When he’s on the mound, he has phenomenal stuff… He just knows how to use it. He and Yan have formed a great combination.

When you have that many plus pitches and you locate them, hitters aren’t going to have much of a chance.

I compare him to (former Phillies and Blue Jays starter) Roy Halladay. From the stories I heard about Roy – he’s the same. He was a machine. He shows up at 5AM at Spring Training to do his work. If you ever faced him, you knew he wasn’t there to mess around.

That’s the same vibe Kluber gives off.

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