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Corey Kluber tossed an 85-pitch shutout last night

Jul 31, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

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Friend-of-HBT and frequent commenter Jason Lukehart created a statistic a couple of years ago called “The Maddux.” One achieves a Maddux when one tosses a complete game shutout while using fewer than 100 pitches to do it. Quirky? Sure. I mean, you’re not likely to have a 10K game or something doing that. But it’s very cool.

Corey Kluber has been very cool this year. And yesterday he paid tribute to recent Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddux by spinning a Maddux himself. Three hits, eight strikeouts and no walks while blanking the Mariners on 85 pitches. Yes, 85 pitches. That he did that and still managed to strike out those eight is pretty darn impressive.

All the more impressive given that, with Felix Hernandez on the other side, Kluber had to be dominant. Indeed, Hernandez himself only gave up two runs, both coming on a fifth inning double. It was a true battle of aces. It was also over in 2:10, which is almost unheard of these days.

Justin Masterson may be gone, but Indians fans still have an ace to cheer for. One that’s even better than the last one.

  1. dsaverno - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Best game I’ve ever seen, personally, out of a tribe pitcher. 16 pitches out of the strike zone, over 50% of the pitches he threw were sliders. And the high sock tribute to the big Jamaican.

    He’s the stat-head wunderkind this year, and he reminds me of the man with no name in those old westerns. He’d look at home squinting with a stogie hanging out of the side of his mouth. And he always has his composure.

    . . . And his beard would kick Chuck Norris’ beard’s ass.

  2. Jason Lukehart - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Craig is right, there aren’t many Madduxes with 10+ strikeouts, just 12 of them in fact, topped by Cliff Lee, who struck out 12 in a Maddux back in 2011.

    Kluber had 8 strikeouts last night, which is tied for the most on a Maddux with so few pitches. He threw only 16 balls all night, second fewest ever in a Maddux (behind Chris Bosio).

  3. r8rnuck - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    it has been a real treat watching Corey develop into the pitcher he is today.

  4. janessa31888 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    I didn’t notice the sock tribute . That made me cry again. I’m having a difficult time dealing with my favorite player declining and getting traded. /wipes tears
    Good for Corey.

  5. dsaverno - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Alas, poor Kluber! I knew him Horatio: A man of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy! he hath born my team on his back a thousand times . . . and the popeye-shaped shell that was Dan Uggla’s release gets 6 times more comments than one of the best pitching performances of the year.

  6. ironcurtin64 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Despite the fact that the Mariners make almost all pitchers look like Sandy Koufax, Kluber really was terrific! My M’s were chopped and diced.

  7. gerard33 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    This guy’s arrived. He is one of the best in the game

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