As you may have heard, the Cleveland Indians beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-2, behind another stone cold start from right-hander Corey Kluber. Kluber pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs—both on a mistake to Carlos Gonzalez’s in the fourth—on just five hits. He struck out 12 Rockies batters while walking only one.
To put Kluber’s start and month of May in perspective:
- He struck out 60 batters in May, going 4-0. Since 2005, only one other pitcher has had 60 strikeouts in a month—All-Star and perennial Cy Young contender, Texas’ Yu Darvish, who did so last August.
- Per Elias, Kluber became just the fifth Cleveland pitcher since 1914 to have 60 strikeouts in any month, joining Bob Feller (8 times), Sam McDowell (8 times), Dennis Eckersley (once) and Herb Score (once). Not bad company.
- Kluber’s 60 strikeouts in May are the most by an MLB pitcher in May since Curt Schilling had 62 in May of 2002. That year, Schilling was second in NL Cy Young voting, losing out to teammate Randy Johnson.
Kluber’s start snapped a four-game losing streak for the Tribe. In eight starts since April 19, Kluber has gone 5-1 with 76 strikeouts and just 12 walks—four of which came in the lone loss.
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