Storylines: Kluber named AL Cy Young winner
Kluber, 28, is coming off one of the best seasons in Indians history by a starting pitcher, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in 34 starts (235.2IP, 207H, 64ER, 14HR, 51BB, 269SO). He finished tied for 1st in the American League in wins (18) and starts (34), 2nd in strikeouts (269, 6th-most in single-season club history) and 3rd in ERA (2.44) and innings pitched (235.2). He became just the fourth Major League pitcher since 1987 to post 18 wins, a sub-2.50 ERA while recording at least 260 strikeouts, joining Bob Feller (1946) and Luis Tiant (1968) in Indians history and Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemensin the last 28 seasons. The Indians were 22-12 (.647) during his starts.
The Dallas, Texas native is the fourth Cleveland Indians to earn the American League Cy Young Award, joining Gaylord Perry (1972), CC Sabathia (2007) and Cliff Lee (2008). The Indians are the first team since the Toronto Blue Jays (1996-2003) to have three different Cy Young Award winners within an eight-year span.
Other news and notes
- The AL MVP will be announced tonight and outfielder Michael Brantley is one of three finalists. The award will be unveiled live on MLB Network at 6pm ET and Brantley will be interviewed on-air.
- John Heyman of CBS Sports says the Orioles are looking to deal Ubaldo Jimenez. He speculates that the Indians may be a match in a deal, though it is hard to see the Indians being interested in the three years and $38.75 million left on his deal. He struggled last season and was yanked out of the Orioles rotation in August and was not on the postseason roster, plus the Indians have five very capable young and inexpensive starters already locked into the rotation.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports notes that the Padres are listening to offers on three of their best pitches Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner. He notes that the Indians are a team that might have interest. This makes sense as all three are not overly expensive, had solid to good seasons last year, and all bring varyiing levels of club control going forward.
While an even tougher challenge in the MVP voting, let's see if Brantley can pull off the upset as well.