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Corey Kluber | Starting Pitcher | #28

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Stetson
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Corey Kluber may not take the ball on Opening Day.
Francona is concerned over the heavy workload that his star right-hander shouldered in 2016 and has said it's okay if Kluber isn't ready to start on Opening Day. It sounds as though the club is going to take it easy on Kluber this spring after logging 249 1/3 innings in 2016. Feb 19 - 11:44 PM

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The BBWAA announced on Monday that Corey Kluber, Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander are finalists for the American League Cy Young award.

It's a mild surprise that Zach Britton didn't make the final three, although it's the right call excluding him even as good as he was this season. Verlander just edged out Kluber in WAR this season, while Porcello has the gaudy win total. This one figures to be close.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Corey Kluber could not maintain his stellar postseason success in Wednesday's Game 7 of the World Series, surrendering four runs on six hits over four-plus frames.

Kluber had been brilliant in these playoffs, but pitching on short rest for the second time in this Fall Classic, Game 7 proved to be something of a struggle. He did not strike out a batter in the contest -- the first time that has occurred in 140 major league starts (including postseason). Dexter Fowler led off with a homer to center in the top of the first. Kluber would go on to surrender two runs in the fourth courtesy of an Addison Russell sacrifice fly and a Willson Contreras RBI double. Javier Baez then led off the fifth with an opposite-field shot to put the Cubs up 4-1, ending Kluber's night in the process. Kluber would have taken the loss were it not for a two-out, game-tying home run by Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. Chicago won it in the 10th.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 12:51:00 AM

Corey Kluber yielded five hits and one run over six terrific frames Saturday in the Indians' win over the Cubs in Game 4 of the World Series.

He finished with six strikeouts. It looked like Kluber might be in for a tough night early on. He let up two hits in the first inning including a single to Anthony Rizzo that scored the game’s first run. He found himself in another jam with two men on in the third, but escaped by striking out Ben Zobrist to end the inning. Kluber wasn’t as dominant as we’ve seen him in another starts this postseason but it was still a gutsy effort by the right-hander going on only three days rest. The former Cy Young winner has had a marvelous October, winning four of his five starts with a masterful 0.89 ERA. He’ll get the ball again in Game 7 if the Cubs are able to win the next two.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:31:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday that Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Cubs.

Kluber threw 88 pitches over six-plus scoreless innings in Tuesday's Game 1 victory. The early hook was partially made with Game 4 in mind. Kluber has never made a start on short rest in the regular season, but he's now slated to do it for the second time this postseason. He allowed two runs over five innings on short rest against the Blue Jays in the ALCS.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 03:54:00 PM

Corey Kluber delivered six-plus shutout innings Tuesday as the Indians defeated the Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

Kluber struck out eight batters over the first three innings, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to open a World Series game in such dominant fashion, and ultimately limited the dangerous Cubs offense to four hits. He was lifted at 97 pitches in the top of the seventh inning after serving up a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist. Andrew Miller came on and continued the shutout through the eighth, despite some shakier-than-usual moments. Cody Allen finished off that shutout with a scoreless ninth. There is talk of Kluber starting again in Game 4 at Wrigley Field and then possibly in Game 7 back in Cleveland. Most of his 97 pitches were stress-free in Tuesday's decisive Game 1 victory.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:49:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that an idea "under strong consideration" by the Indians is to start Corey Kluber in Games 1, 4 and 7 of the World Series.

He would only be guaranteed the first two starts, of course, depending on how the series lasts. Manager Terry Francona surely isn't going to commit to anything at this point, but trying to squeeze three starts out of easily their best (healthy) starter might be worth a shot. The Indians currently have Kluber listed for Game 1, Trevor Bauer for Game 2 and Josh Tomlin for Game 3. Danny Salazar is a possibility for Game 4, although Tito hasn't committed to using him as a starter.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 07:36:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona officially announced Sunday that Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs.

There's little surprise here, as the star right-hander is the ace of the Tribe's staff and the Indians have had the luxury of several days off to arrange their rotation as they see fit. Trevor Bauer is tentatively scheduled to pitch in Game 2 (provided his injured finger obliges), with Josh Tomlin taking the ball in Game 3.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 06:33:00 PM

Corey Kluber surrendered two earned runs over five innings Tuesday as the Indians fell to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Starting on short rest for the first time in his career, Kluber gave up a solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the third inning and an RBI single to Ezequiel Carrera in the bottom of the fourth. Kluber struck out seven but yielded four hits and two walks before exiting the game at 89 pitches. He'll be called on again for Game 7 of the ALCS if the Blue Jays can force the best-of-seven series to go that far.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 07:11:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said in a mid-game interview during Game 3 that Corey Kluber will start Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 against the Blue Jays on short rest.

Francona indicated before the game that that's the way he would go should Trevor Bauer's finger injury force him from Game 3 early, and Bauer wound up lasting just two-thirds of an inning. Kluber has never started a game on short rest in his career, but he now might have to start two straight on three days' rest should the ALCS go seven games. Ryan Merritt will get the ball in Game 5.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 09:18:00 PM

Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the ALCS for the Indians if Trevor Bauer's Game 3 start is a short one.

If Bauer lasts a while in his outing, Kluber will take the ball in Game 5 and Ryan Merritt will start Game 4. Presumably, the thinking here is that bringing Kluber back on short rest for Game 4 would potentially make him an option to come back again on short rest for a possible Game 7. Kluber tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings in Game 1.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Corey Kluber said Sunday that he's ready and willing to start on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS if manager Terry Francona asks him to.

As it currently stands, the Indians have Mike Clevinger lined up to start for a few innings. It may depend on the outcome of Game 3, but there may be no need to push Kluber up if the Indians come into the game with a massive 3-0 lead in the series. If they drop Game 3 however, the former Cy Young Award winner seems likely to get the call.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona hasn't ruled out the possibility of Corey Kluber starting on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Mike Clevinger is currently lined up for the start, but he's two weeks removed from his last game action and hasn't started a game since September 22. Francona is now taking things on a "game by game" basis. "We've talked about not just Game 4, but Games 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, because there's a little ambiguity there with Trevor and his finger and Clevinger not being stretched out,'' said Francona. "So I think there are some options for us moving forward." Kluber spun 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 on Friday. He has never started a game on short rest in the majors.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 02:47:00 PM

Corey Kluber defeated the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

Kluber punched out six on the night while walking two. He battled through the early innings and needed 100 pitches to record his 19 outs, but the former Cy Young Award winner was able to bear down and make big pitches when he needed to. He then turned the ball over to Andrew Miller and Cody Allen who got the final eight outs without issue. He'll get the ball again in a rematch against Marco Estrada and the Jays in Game 5 of the series.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Friday.

The Indians have now set their rotation through Game 4. Kluber will face off with the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada in series-opener, with Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Mike Clevenger all slated to follow with starts as the series unfolds. Clevenger's Game 4 outing is the most uncertain of this bunch, as he could potentially see bullpen work in the first three games.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 04:20:00 PM

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