Corey Kluber Newsbeat
Friday, September 05, 2014
“Danny Baseball”? Nah, never mind.
as [Indians manager Terry] Francona., his coaches and special aides de camp like Jason Giambi have built a unique culture, so, too, they have put together what looking forward is arguably the biggest power rotation in the American League. When Danny Salazar shut out the Tigers Wednesday night, averaging more than 96.7, hitting 99.4, running his scoreless streak to 17 innings, it culminated a 22 game skein in which the Cleveland starters threw 131 1/3 innings, allowed 107 hits, posted a 2.12 earned run average, walked 36 and struck out 141…
No one in The Big Four is over 28 years old… [Corey] Kluber developed his mix of fastball command, cutters and creativity through the minor leagues. Salazar seemed headed towards front end stardom last season, then got off to such a bad start that he ended back in Columbus… [Trevor] Bauer, who has definite ideas on how he wants to pitch, has made tremendous strides in morphing some of his ideas to those the manager and staff believe necessary… [Carlos] Carrasco was [on] a bumpy shuttle from Cleveland to triple-A, starting to the bullpen and back… In his five starts since going back into the rotation, he has thrown his 97-99 [mph] from the outset, and the result has been 33 IP with 21 hits, 3 earned runs and an eye-popping 34-4 strikeout-walk ratio…
come March, there will be expectations for the Indians, largely because of that collaborative effort that is developing a pitching staff whose power arms should not only keep them in the 2015 AL Central race, but if they get to the post-season should play in October.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Part 1 here.
What is an underrated baseball player?... It’s the Supreme Court definition of obscenity: I know it when I see it. There’s a feeling of je ne sais notice that goes along with the player, good, great or otherwise. The only thing I’m pretty sure of is that players who have won the All-Star voting in recent years aren’t eligible. That’s a clear popularity contest, and the popularity eliminates players from consideration. Sorry, Josh Donaldson.
10. Old Man Jimmy Rollins
9. Kyle Lohse
8. Cody Allen
7. Lorenzo Cain
6. Austin Jackson
5. Jordan Zimmermann
4. Russell Martin
3. Corey Kluber
2. Kyle Seager
1. Ben Zobrist
The District Attorney
Posted: August 20, 2014 at 02:50 PM | 30 comment(s)
Friday, August 15, 2014
I bless the rain down in… Columbus???
Rain showers had washed away Triple-A Columbus’ pregame plan, and Corey Kluber retreated to the confines of a cage to complete his workout. With rain falling and nothing but time on his hands, the pitcher decided to have some fun with the mound session.
Kluber fired his customary four-seam fastball, but he then started working in a two-seam sinker every few pitches. Ruben Niebla, who was Columbus’ pitching coach during that 2011 season, liked what he saw and told the right-hander to finish the workout with nothing but sinkers… What the Indians could not have known on that rainy afternoon three years ago was the turning point in Kluber’s career had quietly arrived…
Heading into Monday’s off-day for the Tribe, Kluber was 13-6 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP through 25 starts this season… “He’s getting an air about him like a Nolan Ryan or a Roger Clemens,” pitching coach Mickey Callaway said…
Callaway says the two-seamer has increased the effectiveness of Kluber’s two main offspeed offerings… Entering Monday’s action, Fangraphs.com gave Kluber’s cutter a 12.2 rating, which was the second-best cut fastball in baseball behind Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (16.9)... hitters have posted a .072 (11-for-153) average in at-bats ending with Kluber’s curveball, which has Fangraph’s highest rating (17.7) in the Majors for that particular pitch…
And what if it had not rained on that afternoon three years ago?
“I guess we’ll never know,” Kluber said with a smile.
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