Maybe if things were different right now, I’d be mad at Corey Kluber for pitching a gem against his former team. But as it is, in a meaningless September game for Cleveland, I guess I’m just happy that he’s happy.
Am I happy that Zach Plesac was relieved by Nick Wittgren in a high-leverage situation and it predictably backfired? Not really. Is it a good thing that the Yankees had more home runs (5) than Cleveland had total hits (4)? Not so much.
But at least Corey Kluber got to pitch a solid six innings — something he hasn’t done since he threw a no-hitter for New York back in May. The two-time Cy Young winner and 2016 playoff hero will always have a special place in my sports heart and I’ll always be rooting for him to have a good time out there.
Don’t get me wrong, this is clearly not the vintage Corey Kluber that earned a pair of Cy Young Awards. That one no-hitter aside, he’s had a rough season with the Yankees. He didn’t even have his best stuff tonight, this offense is just putrid. Only four strikeouts in six innings would be cause for concern for 2016 Corey Kluber, but tonight it was more than enough.
To recap the game: The six hardest-hit balls of the night were off the bats of Yankees hitters. Three of those were home runs. The two hardest-hit balls from Guardians batters were both from Robero Pérez playing in his just his second game in the past month.