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Corey Kluber Has Been A Fucking Monster Since He Came Off The Disabled List

New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

Back on May 2, Indians ace Corey Kluber got knocked around by the Detroit Tigers, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in just three innings of work. Within 24 hours, he was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain. While Kluber sat out almost a month, the Indians were a very pedestrian 13-12 in his absence. Since his return, though, Kluber has arguably been the best pitcher in baseball.

Last night, Kluber turned in a ridiculous performance that was eerily similar to the outing that he had prior. The right-hander has now thrown back-to-back complete games with 11 strikeouts, allowing just one run on three hits with that one earned run being a solo homer in both starts. It should also be mentioned that both of these starts came against the Yankees and the Rockies, the number three and four best run-scoring offenses in baseball.

Since coming off the disabled list, Kluber has compiled a 1.70 ERA in 13 starts with a 0.73 WHIP and 142 strikeouts in 95.1 innings. Where does all that rank amongst the rest of the pack? His ERA is second to Clayton Kershaw (1.65) for the best in the majors, his WHIP is first, and his strikeout total is first. He’s also averaging 7.1 innings per start. No other starter in baseball is averaging more than seven innings per start over that span.

This run that Kluber has been on has gotten fans buzzing about a possible late entry into the Cy Young race. There’s still two months to go before we can definitively say who’s going to win this thing, but it’s going to take a downward trend from Chris Sale and Kluber continuing the pace that he’s been on for the 2014 Cy Young award winner to rob Sale of his first. Stranger things have happened, though. Like Rick Porcello winning the Cy Young award last year because he got a shit ton of second place votes. We shall see.

Also, if you’re Sale and you don’t win the Cy Young award this year, then you should probably just retire. That might be too extreme, but I would just accept the fact that you’re never going to win one. Literally, if Sale doesn’t win it this year after the year that he’s had, then he’s just straight up never going to win one ever. Sad.