New York Yankees Hall-of-Famer-to-be Derek Jeter dropped some hefty praise on Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber after the right-hander shut out the Bronx Bombers over six innings Saturday afternoon.
“He’s nasty, man,” Jeter told the press following the Indians 2-0 win.
Jeter was 1-for-4 off Kluber, collecting his only hit off an infield single. While it wasn’t pretty, the base knock lifted Jeter past Honus Wagner into sixth all-time on the career hit list, with 3,431.
Kluber improved to 13-6 after striking out 10. The Emotionless Robot walked just one.
“When you don’t walk guys, you have good stuff and you execute, that’s what’s going to happen,” Chase Headley told the New York Post following the Yankees fourth shutout of the 2014 season.
Kluber’s averaging nine strikeouts per nine inning sin his last five starts, and he’s given up just one run in his last four outings.
Owed a salary of $514,000 this season, Kluber’s 13 wins co-lead the American League, while his 187 strikeouts are the second most in the AL.
The double-digit strikeout effort marked Kluber’s sixth to the season, which put him in some pretty elite company, via MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian:
“[Kluber] joined Indians greats Sam McDowell (four times), Bob Feller (twice), Herb Score (twice), Luis Tiant (once) and Dennis Eckersley (once) as the only Cleveland pitchers in the past century to have at least seven double-digit strikeout games in one season. Eckersley was the last to achieve the feat with eight such outings in 1976.
Kluber’s next start should be against the Orioles, when the Indians host the Baltimore Orioles next weekend.