Corey Kluber Newsbeat
Monday, November 07, 2016
The argument, made by several chroniclers of the game, is that there was no standout performance by a starting pitcher in the AL this year, opening the door for a standout reliever to claim the prize. The voters are literally saying “since we can’t pick between the two best pitchers in the league, we’ll give it to a third pitcher who wasn’t as good.”
In what universe does it make sense to penalize a pitcher for being the best, but only the best by a little bit? Michael Phelps gets the gold whether he wins by .10 seconds or .01 seconds.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
It’s the same, only different.
“The last time was first time on short rest, so I didn’t know what to expect about how I was going to feel,” said Kluber. “Now that I do know I felt fine, it’s just a matter of using those three days to recover.”
Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 in the postseason. He struck out 29 and allowed two runs in 24 1/3 innings. In Game 1 of the World Series, he struck out nine in six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Cubs.
“It’s basically doing the same stuff in one less day,” said Kluber, 18-9 during the regular season. “Your side sessions are a little shorter and things like that, but I’m still able to get in the things I need to do.”
Thursday, October 27, 2016
I don’t think anyone would’ve hit Corey Kluber on Tuesday. Good pitchers look their best when they constantly execute, and Kluber seemed to make fewer mistakes than normal. He was on top of his game, in other words, so the Cubs shouldn’t get too down on themselves. But in another year, perhaps the inside edge wouldn’t have been so forgiving. Those have always been rule-book strikes. Only more recently have they become more common actual strikes. Corey Kluber just pitched a game of the times. And so he was able to have the time of his life.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
They are up 3-0. They aren’t down 0-3. This makes no sense to me.
Kluber has 136 Major League starts to his name. His 137th will be his first on short rest.
“I wouldn’t put anything past Corey,” Indians president Chris Antonetti said. “He does a great job of conditioning his body and putting himself in a spot, in a position, to do that. Exactly what that will be, who knows? We’ll have to leave that up to the game. The one thing I have great confidence in is Tito knowing when it’s the right time for him.”
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 120 comment(s)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
“He’s got arguably the best right-hand breaking ball in the game,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Kluber. “And he kept us honest with enough fastballs. And he’s got that razor-blade slider that’s tough to do anything with. [It’s] a big strikeout pitch for him. He gets a lot of weak contact on them, really.
“So really, that’s what it came down to. I don’t think it was a lack of something we did; I just thought they pitched that well, as did we.”
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
Friday, September 16, 2016
I’m sure you want Brian Kenny’s reaction.
So the win, and the 20-win season in particular, continues to hold sway in the Cy Young Award voting despite a brief glimmer of progress a half decade ago. Indeed, while Porcello is having a fine season, as his 20 wins do indicate, he has not been the AL’s best pitcher to this point in the season. Consider this comparison between Porcello and Corey Kluber, who is 16-9:
Pitcher W-L IP ERA+ WHIP K/BB FIP DRA bWAR
Kluber 16-9 197 2/3 157 1.04 4.08 3.14 2.77 6.3
Porcello 20-3 193 2/3 142 1.02 5.55 3.46 3.36 4.4
(DRA is deserved run average, a Baseball Prospectus statistic that attempts to correct a pitcher’s runs allowed per nine innings for all outside influences, from ballparks and opposing lineups to his catcher’s pitch framing, the umpires calling his games and even the weather.)
The key difference between those two when it comes to wins is that Porcello has received more run support than any other qualified starter in the Majors this year by nearly half a run per game. The league’s best offense has averaged 6.97 runs per game over his 29 starts this season. Cleveland, meanwhile, has scored 4.93 runs per game for Kluber, still a big number, but more than two full runs shy of what Porcello has gotten from the Red Sox’s lineup.
That’s a good reminder that wins tell us as much or more about run and bullpen support as they do about a starting pitcher’s actual performance and are thus useless in comparative analysis. Any voter using wins as a measure to fill out an All-Star, Cy Young Award or Hall of Fame ballot is committing malpractice. Still, it’s inaccurate to say that a 20-win season tells us nothing about a pitcher’s performance. Now more than ever, 20 wins are an indicator of an above-average starting pitcher. To be any more specific than that, however, one must look beyond the wins column.
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