Corey Kluber

division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 American League Championship Series Similar to my brief coverage of the ALDS and NLDS, I am going to do updates after each game of both the American League Championship Series and the National League Championship Series. So check back often for quick game recaps with a bit of analysis! There may only be four teams but each game doesn’t need a full-on review or full analysis, however, if you did miss a game I hope these posts about the American League Championship Series will help catch you up enough to be ready for the next game! 🙂 Toronto Blue […]

American League Championship Series: daily updates & analysis: Indians win ...

sonny gray, Oakland Athletics
Sonny Gray always seems to be overlooked by so-called experts but the numbers don’t lie! **This is the MUCH longer, much wordier version of my column … there’s a lot in here that you don’t necessarily need to know but that you may want to know! So if you would like to scroll to the bottom you will find the link to the shorter, more condensed version of the story with what you DO NECESSARILY need to know. So you can pick your poison -either way you’ll (hopefully) agree that the A’s ace is very much overlooked and underrated!  Oakland Athletics’ […]

As usual Sonny Gray gets overlooked in player rankings

shelby miller
Could Shelby Miller be this year’s surprise pitching star? Perhaps even steal the Cy Young Award away from Kershaw? So far he’s made quite the name for himself in Atlanta. I talked about how he was emerging as the Braves’ new ace and how, in my opinion, the Braves have gotten the better side of the deal when they traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller. When the trade first went down it didn’t appear that the Braves were getting the ace that they have gotten. Even though he’d played very well in parts of three seasons […]

Could Shelby Miller be this season’s Corey Kluber?

Corey Kluber, gray
Update: May 19, 2015 at 11:45 am PT Corey Kluber made his first start on Monday. Well, it was his first start since his epic 18 strikeout performance. After a very slow start, which you can read about below, the 2014 Cy Young Award winner had everyone wondering if that performance meant that the 2014 Kluber had returned. It turns out that Kluber may have turned the corner from his earlier struggles. He struck out the first five White Sox batters he faced on Monday. He pitched a full nine innings allowing five hits, one run, one walk and struck […]

Update: Which Corey Kluber is the real one?

Cole Hamels, hamstring strains 2
It’s well known, due to the creation of the Pace of Game Committee by former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, that the baseball executives want to encourage new and casual baseball fans to attend more ballgames.  It’s also well documented that current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is contemplating altering the strike zone in order to produce more offense in MLB games. More offense equals more attendance and more revenue as was witnessed, for example, during the 1998 home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. ESPN’s Buster Olney writes about the number of injured starting pitchers this season and how […]

Could a lack of SP depth give Manfred the increase ...

Corey Kluber, gray
The Cleveland Indians‘ announcement Tuesday that starting pitcher Gavin Floyd would be out indefinitely having re-injured the stress fracture in his elbow that had shortened his 2014 season, cast some doubt upon the strength of the Indians’ starting rotation. Who would take his place? Can the Indians, who had the youngest rotation in baseball in 2014, bounce back, even if they had to replace him with someone younger? Who are their options? To read the full post and find out the answers to these pressing questions for Cleveland, use the link below to go to Baseball Hot Corner: Who will […]

How will Cleveland’s starting rotation look in 2015?

The 2014 MLB Cy Young Awards were very different this year one was won by a unanimous vote, the other was a very tight race. The National League Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw, is practically a household name at least among baseball fans while only the more dedicated fans or those in the midwestern United States would know the name of the American League 2014 Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber. Clayton Kershaw, who you all know (unless you’ve been living under a rock) is the left-handed ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, had an unbelievably magical […]

ICYMI: 2014 Cy Young Award winners are Kershaw and Kluber

King Felix Hernandez, paxton
  The Cy Young Award goes to the best overall pitching performance of the season. This was more difficult to decipher than initially anticipated. Does one look at wins? ERA? Innings pitched? Number of strikeouts? It isn’t easy and I do not necessarily envy the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) who are the lucky few who are afforded the right to make this extremely tough decision. It goes beyond those statistics mentioned, however. Does one include relief pitchers or number of saves? Should there ERAs factor in when they have pitched far fewer innings? Were there […]

Top 5 A.L. Cy Young Award candidates 2014 (Wed. column)