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Corey Kluber is a strikeout machine

May 31, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT

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Indians right-hander Corey Kluber might not be a household name yet, but he’s getting closer with every strikeout.

Kluber fanned 12 batters and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings last night in a victory over the Rockies at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The outing closed the book on a fantastic May, as he posted a 2.04 ERA over six starts and struck out at least eight batters in all of them.

All those strikeouts have put him in some pretty impressive company:

After quietly compiling a 3.85 ERA and 136/33 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings with the Indians last season, Kluber has posted a 3.04 ERA through 12 starts this season and currently leads the majors with 95 strikeouts over 80 innings. His 10.7 K/9 is the best among starters while his 28.4 percent strikeout percentage is only slightly behind that of Zack Greinke, Stephen Strasburg, and Masahiro Tanaka, who have struck out batters at rate of 28.5 percent.

I have begun referring to Kluber as “Klubot the Strikeout Machine,” and I encourage you all to do the same.

  1. alphonzolester - May 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    i wish him and his ulnar collateral the best of luck.

    • pwshrugged - May 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      His fastball tops out around 92 mph. I think he’ll be okay.

      • r8rnuck - May 31, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        actually it tops out at 95-96

  2. skeleteeth - May 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    12K’s last night FYI

  3. bronco58lb - May 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    The Indians got Kluber in the 2010 deadline deal that sent Jake Westbrook to St. Louis and Ryan Ludwick to San Diego. The Padres valued Cory Luebke more. Luebke has been snake bit by two Tommy Johns.

  4. therealbigben - May 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Woo! He’s like the 5th best pitcher on my fantasy team. What a beast!! Thumbs down, haters!! Thumbs up, Klubot fans!!

  5. pwshrugged - May 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I love this guy. He’s so fun to watch pitch. Totally different than watching a lot of the fireball strikeout machines; Kluber’s fastball tops out around 92-93 mph. He has absolutely wicked movement on some of his pitches, though. He’s not gonna blow anyone away with speed; his game is much more cerebral, much more about movement and pitch selection. He’s must-watch pitching right now.

    • r8rnuck - May 31, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      he is definitely a treat to watch. his demeanor is always under control and expressionless. not the most “fun” but man is he effective

  6. chinahand11 - May 31, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Klubot is a cool nickname. Very cool.

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