Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber became just the 14th pair of teammates in MLB history to collect 200 hits and 250 strikeouts. They’re the first since the Diamondbacks’ Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez in 1999.
Brantley became just the fifth player in franchise history with to hit .350 or better in Progressive Field (min. 250 PA). His .353 average ties him with David Justice’s 1997 season for the fourth best in the history of the park. Julio Franco set the record with a .364 mark in 1996.
On the flip side, Carlos Santana set the record for the lowest batting average in Progressive Field history at .208 (min. 250 PA). The record was previously held by Asdrubal Cabrera, who hit .209 last season. Jason Kipnis also posted the third-worst in the history of the park, at .228.
Ryan Raburn became just the 13th player in franchise history with at least 200 plate appearances to post an OBP of .250 or lower. He’s the first Indian to do so since Brandon Phillips in 2003, and the first non-rookie since Bo Diaz in 1980.
Yan Gomes finished the year with exactly five times as many strikeouts as walks (120 to 24). Cory Snyder is the only other player in franchise history to accomplish the feat with at least 100 strikeouts, and did so four times (’86, ’87, ’89, 90)
Michael Bourn became the first player in franchise history with at least 100 strikeouts and more than four times as many strikeouts as RBI (114 to 28). Bourn is also just the 11th player in American League history with such a stat line.
The Indians had two different players (Cabrera and Jose Ramirez) start at least 50 games at shortstop this season. Over the past 30 seasons, that’s happen just one other time. In 2003, due to an Omar Vizquel injury, Vizquel and Jhonny Peralta each started over 50 games.
Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana all posted a batting average under .250 with at least 400 plate appearances. It’s the first time since 1979 the Indians have had four players with such a stat line (Gary Alexander, Jim Norris, Tom Veryzer and Andre Thornton). The franchise record is five players, set by the 1907 Naps.
For the second straight year the Indians had three pitchers with at least 140 strikeouts (Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco). They haven’t accomplished that in consecutive seasons since 1965 through 1968 (which says a lot about the era in which we’re currently playing baseball).
Kyle Crockett became the fifth rookie in franchise history to make at least 40 appearances with an ERA under 2.00, joining Rafael Perez (2007), Steve Mingori (1971), Vicente Romo (1968) and Don Mossi (1954).
The Indians tied a major league record this season with seven pitchers posting an ERA under 3.00 with at least 35 appearances. The 1990 Athletics (AL Champions), 1988 Dodgers (World Series Champions) and 1972 Orioles also had seven such pitchers.
Carrasco became just the third Indians pitcher since 1980 with at least 140 strikeouts to record save. Danys Baez did so in 2002, as did Rick Sutcliffe in 1982. Prior to the 1980s, it was a common occurrence.