The Cleveland Indians still have a shot at both the division and the Wild Card. Much of that is thanks to the dominate pitching of Corey Kluber, KluBot to some. Kluber has been dominate, keeping the Indians around .500 even after trading away their ex-ace Justin Masterson and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He is slowly getting much deserved national attention, today from MMQB. That is extra special, since MMQB covers football and all:
b. Get to know Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.
c. Clayton Kershaw’s last nine starts: 8.0 innings per start, nine earned runs allowed.
d. Corey Kluber’s last nine starts: 7.2 innings per start, nine earned runs allowed.
e. Felix Hernandez’s last nine starts: 7.2 innings per start, 10 earned runs allowed.
Impressive company for Kluber. The Indians have him under contract for a few years but will need to build a team around him, especially a pitching staff. His stoic look has been used time and time again on Twitter, as he rarely seems to change his expression.
This writer compares Kluber to Orel Hershiser for both his demeanor as well as his quick bulldog approach on the mound. Unlike Hershiser, Kluber rarely gets overly excited. Instead he makes his pitches and moves on to the next one. His last 2 months have been outstanding and his season as a whole has been top notch:
Those are some ridiculous numbers. Where would the Indians be with out Kluber? Likely in last place in the division. Instead the team still has hope, and maybe Kluber can help teach some of the young starters a thing or two.
Are you surprised by the attention Kluber is getting? What is your favorite Kluber thing this year?