clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Corey Kluber is dominating the Kansas City Royals this season

New, 1 comment

Even by the Klubot's standards, Kansas City has been laid to waste.

Jamie Squire

Here is (at least in the time I've had access to the account), the most retweeted tweet the Let's Go Tribe account has had, with 72 as of this writing:

It's the coolest nugget I've dug up in quite some time.

It's not often that a pitcher records 10+ strikeouts against a team three times in one season. In fact, this is the first time since the team switched from a 4-man rotation to a 5-man rotation (and the DH was introduced) that any Indians pitcher has done it. It's far less often (and maybe hasn't happened ever) that said pitcher does it against the team that's struck out less often than any other team in the league (which is the case with Kansas City this season).

Kluber has faced the Royals four times this season, and he's been incredible: 31.1 innings, 36 strikeouts, 4 earned runs on 16 hits and 3 walks, giving him a 1.15 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP. Kansas City is batting .147 against him, with an OBP of just .170.

Those 36 strikeouts are just one behind CC Sabathia's franchise record for most Ks against the Royals (set in 2007), and with two more series against KC this season, there's a good chance Kluber get the chance to break that mark.

This Indians team has a whole lot of problems, not the least of which was on display with Raburn's gaffe last night, but Corey Kluber is absolutely incredible. He's having the best season by a Tribe pitcher since Cliff Lee's Cy Young-winning 2008, and if it weren't for Felix Hernandez, Kluber would have an awfully good case for deserving a Cy Young of his own.