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Corey Kluber followed up on his Cy Young season with a deceptively great year

Although Corey Kluber won’t sniff a repeat Cy Young, he should definitely finish higher than he will in this year’s voting.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In 2014, the Indians and their fans witnessed one of the most dominating seasons ever by a Tribe pitcher. Sure Addie Joss, Bob Feller, and even Gaylord Perry had spectacular seasons in Cleveland, but what Kluber did in 2014 was somewhat unprecedented.

So heading into 2015, most thought Kluber might fall back a little but still be a dominant pitcher. He lost the season opener in Houston, but pitched a great game, losing to Dallas Keuchel and a lack of run support (a recurring theme to come) 2-0. He pitched very well against Detroit in his second start, striking out ten, but the bullpen imploded and he took a no decision. And then took another no decision in a 3-2 loss to the Twins while pitching eight innings. And at that point he had a 2.49 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and a 10.4 K/9. Very similar to 2014.

But then Kluber hit a very abnormal rough patch. Over his next four starts (White Sox, Royals twice and Blue Jays) he had a 7.43 ERA, 19.6 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 with an incredible .449 BAbip, dropping his record to 0-5.

Now Corey did have some rough starts after that, but on the norm, he pitched like his dominant 2014 self for the rest of the season. He made 25 more starts and had a 3.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 10.1 K/9. Now the ERA was up a little, but the other numbers were very reminiscent of his 2014 season.

Yes, I know you can't throw out those four bad starts, but his numbers for the season are still very good. Definitely not Top 3 worthy when it comes to a cy Young voting, but definitely in the "also receiving votes" category.

Kluber finished sixth overall in bWAR, fourth in fWAR, third in WHIP, seventh in H/9, third in BB/9, fourth in K/9, second in IP and tied for first in complete games. He also finished tied for ninth in ERA+ and sixth in FIP. But it is the first in losses (16) that will resonate with too many voters and likely leave him off most, if not all, Cy Young ballots.

That is a shame, because he does deserve recognition for a fine, if not otherworldly, 2015 season.