The Indians beat the Rockies 5-2. Asdrubal homered. Chisenhall stayed hot. Kipnis picked up two hits in the second game back.
Now let’s get to what really matters: Corey. Freaking. Kluber.
I don’t even know how to adequately sum up the dominance of Kluber in recent weeks, so let’s just rattle of a bunch of ridiculous stats that put his season into perspective.
- Since 1990, only Kluber, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Kerry Wood have struck out 60 batters in the month of May.
- Kluber joins Schilling, Martinez, Johnson, Roger Clemens and Kevin Brown as the only pitchers since 1990 with 60 strikeouts and fewer than 10 walks in any calendar month.
- Dating back to 1980, only Kluber, Bartolo Colon, Len Barker and Greg Swindell have had multiple games with 12 or more strikeouts—and both of Klubers came in the last month.
- Since 1980, only nine Indians pitchers have struck out at least 100 batters before the All-Star Break. Kluber already has 95 before the calendar turns to June.
- Kluber has struck out eight or more in six straight games, tying the third longest streak in franchise history. Along with Kluber, only Bob Feller, Sam McDowell and Herb Score have had at least six straight games with eight or more strikeouts.
- Kluber’s 95 strikeouts through the Indians first 55 games are the most since Gaylord Perry had 100 in 1972.
It’s hard to believe this is a guy the Indians picked up in exchange for an aging and recently-injured Jake Westbrook.