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N&N: Corey Kluber struggles again

Morning news and notes for Monday, April 15, 2018

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Here’s to a good week!

Royals 9, Indians 8

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Tough loss. Corey Kluber was very bad. The offense was sneaky good but the numerous Tribe rallies ended up not being enough. With the loss, the Indians are now 8-7 on the year.

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Kluber can’t shake “bad habits” in short outing |

Only 2 23 innings for Kluber on Sunday. From Mandy Bell:

For the second time this season, Kluber lasted fewer than four innings, allowing six runs -- his most since July 12, 2018 -- on six hits and walking a career-high five batters. After giving up homers to Lucas Duda and Whit Merrifield in the second, Kluber walked in two more runs in the third for the second and third time of his nine-year career. His first bases-loaded walk came on April 3, his first home start of this season, after not issuing a walk in any of his previous 54 career plate appearances with the bases juiced.

“First inning, thought he was good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And then he started getting under some pitches. I know he knew it. He just was having a hard time self-correcting. You know, you’re out there competing, you’ve got bases loaded, thinking about one thing. It’s just he hasn’t gotten to the point yet where he’s a consistent Kluber. He will. And we’ll all be thrilled. Just still a work in progress. Even when your last name is Kluber, sometimes it’s a work in progress.”

Indians designate Brad Miller for assignment: “Obviously they don’t want the best players up here” |

Strong words from Mr. Miller, but certainly understand the frustration. If he could play a better SS, he’d stay I think. It’s not like Eric Stamets and his -44 wRC+ is lighting the world on fire (my gosh that’s horrible).

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