The 2015 season is turning in some fascinating numbers as Jason Vargas is now 3-0 against the Cleveland Indians , while Corey Kluber fell to 0-3 against the Kanas City Royals. Vegas may have given you 200-1 odds on that happening by June 4th, but–as we’ve come to learn all too well–great matchups on paper don’t always lead to predictable results. The Tribe lost a tough one 4-2 Wednesday night, as the Royals attacked Kluber early and the offense couldn’t solve Vargas or get the clutch hit against KC’s stingy defense.
Vargas shut down the Tribe (6 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K), mixed speeds effectively, had hitters reaching, and induced two very key double plays in earning his third victory against the Wahoos already this season. Corey Kluber struggled early, as Royals hitters attacked him very early in the count and used the opposite field effectively, leading to four KC runs in the first three innings. But, as he so often does, the Klubot would impress the rest of the way, tossing his first complete game (8 IP 9 H 4 ER 1 BB 8 K) of the 2015 campaign. Unfortunately, the Tribe offense couldn’t come alive and the team will look to win the rubber game Thursday night.
Key Game Notes, Stats, and Observations:
*Jason Vargas is 3-0 against the Cleveland Indians in 2015; he is 1-2 with a 6+ ERA against the rest of the league.
*Wednesday night, Corey Kluber set the Indians record for strikeouts in a 5-game span during a single season, with an eye-popping 58 punch outs, spanning 40 IP over his last five starts.
*Equally incredible, Kluber’s Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio over his last 5 starts: 58 to 3. Yowza.
*The Indians have scored a total of just 12 Runs in Corey Kluber’s 6 losses this season.
*Despite improvement in recent weeks, the Tribe is still just 10-12 in games started against a LHP and only 11-17 against AL Central Division opponents.
*2015: Player A has 1 HR, 6 RBI, and a .375 BA in just 24 at-bats. Player B has 2 HR, 7 RBI, and. a .207 BA in 87 at-bats. Any guesses? Player A is Jerry Sands; Player B in Nick Swisher. At what point will Swisher begin to lose everyday playing time because of declining power production, a brutal batting average, and an equally anemic .263 OBP? MLB Journeyman Jerry Sands is nearly matching Swisher’s production in just 1/3 of the at bats all while spending a strong portion of the season at Triple A Columbus. Sands is also making $14.6 million less than Nick Swisher.