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#CyKluber countdown: CK finishes 2014 with a bang, dominates Rays for win No. 18

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Date/score: September 26, 1-0

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching line: 8 IP, 0 ER, 11 SO, 2 BB

Record: 18-9

2014 strikeout total: 269

Key at-bat(s): With support mounting for Kluber’s Cy Young candidacy, he turned in a gem – an exclamation point-type outing, limiting the Rays to five hits while striking out the side in the first as a sort of announcement that, “Yep, I’m the Cy Young.” Only once did Kluber have more than one base runner on, and in the fifth, faced a test after a two-out Kevin Kiermaier triple. Yet as he’d done all season, Kluber ended the threat by striking out Ryan Hanigan.

Notable: By striking out 11 overall and allowing no earned runs while walking two, Kluber logged his 11th start of the season with 10 or more strikeouts, two or fewer earned runs and two or fewer walks. Incredible.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 81

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber nearly goes the distance in dominating the Twins for win No. 15

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Date/score: September 11, 8-2

Opponent: Minnesota Twins

Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO, 0 BB

Record: 15-9

2014 strikeout total: 230

Key at-bat(s): Trying to hang on for a complete game, Kluber allowed singles by Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Escobar in the eighth – but as he had done all season, buckled down, striking out Jordan Schaefer and getting Danny Santana to line out. He entered the ninth having thrown 96 pitches, but allowed three singles, the latter an RBI variety by Trevor Plouffe, and exited after 8.1 innings.

Notable: The second of five wins in a row, Kluber had five 1-2-3 innings in the victory.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 66

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber pitches complete game to beat ChiSox for win No. 14

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Date/score: September 6, 3-1

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 14-9

2014 strikeout total: 223

Key at-bat(s): In the fifth, Carlos Sanchez singled and Tyler Flowers doubled a batter later to put men on second and third; Kluber, though, got Adam Eaton to fly out to center to end the inning and the threat.

Notable: Kluber’s outing marked the seventh time he allowed no earned runs in a start; in those starts, he averaged eight innings per outing.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 83

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber extends innings without allowing earned run to 25 in win No. 12

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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: August 4, 7-1

Opponent: Cincinnati Reds

Pitching line: 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 7 SO, 2 BB

Record: 12-6

2014 strikeout total: 177

Key at-bat(s): Kluber escaped jams in the first and third innings, then had little trouble until he left the game in the eighth. In the first, he induced a Brayan Pena groundout to end the inning, while in the third it was a Devin Mesoraco popout followed by another Pena groundout.

Notable: Kluber increased his career-long streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run to 25 before allowing a run in the eighth against Cincinnati at Progressive Field. (Kluber allowed an unearned run on July 24 in Kansas City in his nine-inning outing, then pitched his Maddux on July 30.)

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 67

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber beats Felix, delivers a #Maddux for win No. 11

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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: July 30, 2-0

Opponent: Seattle Mariners

Pitching line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB

Record: 11-6

2014 strikeout total: 170

Key at-bat(s): Facing off against fellow Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez, runs were going to be at a premium – and Kluber set the tone from the start: He allowed just one base runner in the first three innings on just 33 pitches.

Notable: This would be a “Maddux,” affectionately named for the former fast-working Braves pitcher who made the quick, fewer-than-100-pitches complete game shutout a staple. Kluber threw an incredible 85 pitches in this one.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50 — http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/tag/_/name/bill-james-game-score): 71

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News roundup: What they’re saying about Francona extension, Kluber/Brantley named finalists for BBWAA awards

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Looking for a one-stop shop for a recap of our big day of news from Tuesday? We have you covered. Here’s a roundup of what local and national writers are saying about Terry Francona’s extension and Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley being named finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards!

FRANCONA

  • Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: Francona’s genuine love for the Tribe shows in results
    • It’s hard to be around this club as much as I am and come away with the belief that either record would have been even remotely possible without somebody like Francona at the helm. I certainly don’t think a rookie skipper would have guided that 2013 club to the playoffs, and I’m doubly convinced that 85 wins, with a club playing multiple rookies down the stretch, would have been impossible had Francona not kept his clubhouse in order.
  • Tom Withers, AP: Francona helps turn around culture in Cleveland
    • Francona has been worth every penny since the Indians hired him following a disastrous, 94-loss season in 2012. He’s helped reshape the team’s culture, infused enthusiasm into the organization and made Cleveland a more attractive destination for free agents. Players want to play for Francona.
  • Zack Meisel, Cleveland.com: What Terry Francona’s contract extension really means for the Indians
    • That core — which now includes Santana, Kipnis, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley — is locked up, and affordably so, for years. The starting rotation, a group that thrived in the second half of the season, is under team control on the cheap for at least another three seasons. With Francona in the fold until at least 2018 — the Indians hold club options on him the following two years — the organization is announcing its intention to see it through to the end with this bunch.
  • Joe Reedy, FoxSportsOhio.com: Locking up Francona allows Indians to keep moving forward
    • There are many, including me, who would say he did an even better job this past season considering the rotation was shaky until the last months and that 12 rookies saw significant playing time. Dating back to 2004, teams that Francona has managed have posted winning records 10 consecutive seasons (eight in Boston, two in Cleveland). That is the longest such managerial streak since Joe Torre had 14 straight with the Yankees and Dodgers from 1996-2009.

KLUBER/BRANTLEY

  • Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com: Takeaways from BBWAA finalists
    • The great thing about announcing these finalists the week before the award is that it gives the public, at large, proper appreciation of the seasons that will fall just short of actual hardware. Let’s say Mike Trout runs away with the AL MVP, as most of us are anticipating. At least now the sensational seasons of Victor Martinez and Michael Brantley are — for a few days, at least — headlines, not footnotes.
  • Jordan Bastian, Indians.com: Indians Kluber, Brantley finalists for BBWAA awards
    • Brantley became the first player in Indians history to finish with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 40 doubles and 200 hits in a single season. “He’s a complete player,” Antonetti said at the end of the season. “And we think he’s deserving of MVP consideration with the year he had. He was a huge part of our success and we think one of the best players in the American League.” Brantley became only the ninth player in Major League history to end a season with at least 20 homers, 20 steals, 45 doubles and 200 hits. The others on that short list include Jacoby Ellsbury (2011), Handley Ramirez (2007), Alfonso Soriano (2002), Craig Biggio (1998), Larry Walker (1997), Ellis Burks (1996), Vada Pinson (1959) and Chuck Klein (1932). During his final game of the season, Brantley collected his 200th hit and was showered with “M-V-P!” chants from the Cleveland faithful. Hearing that from the fans meant a lot to the outfielder. “It’s a remarkable feeling,” he said. “I want to thank the fans for that. That’s something that’s not thrown around. It was a special moment and I appreciate that.”

AUDIO: Chris Antonetti joins Bill Wills to discuss Francona contract extension

ICYMI: Terry Francona signed a contract extension through 2018 this morning, and Tribe GM Chris Antonetti joined Bill Wills on WTAM this morning to discuss the news.

Click the play button above to listen to Antonetti discuss why the man they call “Tito” is so valuable to the Tribe.

#CyKluber countdown: Bats lift Kluber in win No. 9

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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: July 11, 7-4

Opponent: Chicago White Sox

Pitching line: 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB

Record: 9-6

2014 strikeout total: 142

Key at-bat(s): After Adam Dunn homered to lead off the fifth for a 4-3 White Sox lead, Kluber retired the next six with only a walk (and subsequent double play) allowed. Cleveland then took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.

Notable: Corey Kluber … human? Kluber allowed four or more earned runs only five times in 2014, and still managed to pick up the win near the end of a long Tribe homestand before the All-Star Break.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 43

#CyKluber countdown: Kluber keeps KC’s number, strikes out 10 for win No. 8

July6

(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: July 6, 4-1

Opponent: Kansas City Royals

Pitching line: 8.1 IP, 1 ER, 10 SO, 1 BB

Record: 8-6

2014 strikeout total: 137

Key at-bat(s): Kluber allowed only two base runners through the first five innings, the first of which came in the third when Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second. Kluber struck out Christian Colon and got Lorenzo Cain on a lineout to end the (slight) threat.

Notable: Kluber struck out 10 or more for the fourth time in 2014, on his way to eleven such games for the season.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 80

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#CyKluber countdown: Kluber strikes out 12 to begin sweep of Rockies for win No. 6

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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: May 30, 5-2

Opponent: Colorado Rockies

Pitching line: 7.1IP, 1 ER, 12 SO, 1 BB

Record: 6-3

2014 strikeout total: 95

Key at-bat(s): Kluber had allowed a two-run Carlos Gonzalez homer in the fourth that gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. After striking out the first two batters in the fifth, he allowed back-to-back singles by DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon. But Kluber struck out Corey Dickerson to strike out the side and keep it 2-1; the Tribe scored four in the bottom half to take the lead and give Kluber the win.

Notable: Kluber had at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings, and struck out the side twice.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 74

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