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Cleveland Indians news and notes: Corey Kluber's velocity is down; should we be worried?

News and Notes for Monday, April 18, 2016.

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Corey Kluber struggling some with command and velocity.  Rajai Davis having big-time issues with the sun and catching routine fly balls.  A sad performance from the Tribe's offense.  Yep, Sunday wasn't the best day to be a Tribe fan.  On to the next one!

Mets 6, Indians 0

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Davis lost two routine fly balls in Sunday's loss to the New York Mets, leading to three costly runs.  Kluber, the Tribe's ace, actually did not pitch that bad and recovered nicely after Davis' misses, but currently owns an 0-3 record and a 6.16 ERA.  With the loss, the Indians are now 5-5 on the season.

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Kluber's velocity is down from last year |

The Indians ace averaged 94.0 mph on his four-seam fastball last April.  During Kluber's first two starts this year, he's averaged 93.0 mph and on Sunday his velocity had dipped to an average of 91.5 mph.  Cause for concern?  From Jordan Bastian:

In April 2014 -- the first month of his Cy Young campaign -- Kluber's average four-seam fastball measured 94.0 mph and his average two-seamer measured 93.6 mph. Is the drop in velocity this season a concern?

Tribe manager Terry Francona surmised that Kluber might need to make a mechanical tweak. Kluber agreed.

"He might swing open a little bit," Francona said. "I also think confidence plays a big part in it. We've all seen him, as he gets into a game, he gets on a roll and it seems like it creeps up."

Francona still confident in Shaw |

Through four relief outings, Shaw has a 24.30 ERA and has already given up nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

Chisenhall scheduled to rejoin the Indians on Wednesday |

As long as things go as planned, expect Chiz up and playing plenty of right field later this week.

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