Corey Kluber has had an amazing season. Over the past few weeks he is finally getting the national recognition that he deserves. Kluber, the Klubot, has kept the Cleveland Indians in contention even with the rest of the pitching staff struggling, the bullpen being overused and an inconsistent offense.
While sometimes statistics are used to skew opinions, with Kluber some stats put his performance into perspective:
All impressive numbers in the past 8 starts. Kluber’s 6 wins, with great ERA, limited walks and more strikeouts then innings pitched, could of been 8 wins had the Indians offense given a bit of support.
Even a longer period, 11 starts and 82 innings, with a 1.20 ERA is outstanding. Most starting pitchers get around 30 starts in a season, in a third of those Kluber’s ERA was just over 1.
Orel Hershiser is the pitcher we started comparing Kluber to last year. His ability to move on from any poor pitches, of which there has been few, allows him to not turn 1 run into 3. Allowing 1 earned run, or less, while also pitching at least 6 innings has given the Tribe a chance in all of his games. Kluber’s streak is bound to end at some point, but it doesn’t look like anytime soon.
Whenever you are being compared to Dennis Eckersley, in a time when he was a starter and an Indian (instead of a closer and an Athletic), means you are doing something right. Kluber has developed into a true ace. Getting good results is one thing, being able to get a strikeout at anytime, makes him a true ace.
Kluber’s ability to keep his winning ways going will be huge for the Indians. He gives them confidence that they will be in any game he pitches. Unfortunately his presence also has seemed to coincide when the offense takes the night off. Carlos Carrasco’s last 2 starts gives the Indians hope that they can ride those two young arms to another playoff birth. Only this time could we deploy “The Klubot” even in a one game series?
What do you think of Kluber’s season?