CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber won the American League Outstanding Pitcher Award in the 2017 Players Choice Awards, which were announced on MLB Network Wednesday night.
During the 2017 season, Kluber struck out 265 hitters against just 36 walks with 141 hits and 51 earned runs allowed over 203.2 innings of work. Kluber posted an 18-4 record and American League-best 2.25 earned run average while leading the Indians to a second straight AL Central Division Championship.
The AL Pitcher of the Month for June, August and September, Kluber struck out at least seven batters in 16 of his last 19 games of the regular season.
Kluber was named the American League Pitcher of the Month in June after a strong showing following his return from the disabled list.
Off the DL for four weeks after being hampered by a lower back strain, Kluber finished off a dominant performance throughout the month with a 12-strikeout showing over eight innings of work in a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on June 29.
The win was Kluber’s fourth in the month of June and marked the sixth straight game in which he went at least six innings. Kluber struck out 25 batters over his last two starts in June and registered at least 10 strikeouts in all but one of his six June starts.
The win against the Rangers marked the 30th time in Kluber’s career in which he collected 10 or more strikeouts. Kluber’s four straight 10-plus strikeouts performance tied an Indians record set by Hall of Famer Bob Feller during the 1938 and 1939 seasons.
In a tough-luck 1-0 loss to the San Diego Padres at Progressive Field on July 4, Kluber struck out 10 hitters, and in doing so, set a new Indians club record for the most consecutive 10-plus strikeout performances (five).
Despite taking his third loss of the season, Kluber allowed only one walk, scattered five hits and one earned run and registered the 10 strikeouts over eight innings of work. Of Kluber’s 107 pitches, 73 found the strike zone.
Throughout the month of August, Kluber posted a 5-1 record with 54 strikeouts and only six runs allowed over 46.0 innings of work. Although Kluber surrendered six home runs, he allowed only 10 earned runs and 23 hits.
As a follow-up to the strong August showing, Kluber went 5-0 in six September starts as the Indians built an AL-record 22-game winning streak and clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. Kluber allowed only four earned runs, three home runs and three walks against 50 strikeouts over 43.0 innings of work.
After returning from the DL in late May, Kluber registered at least 50 strikeouts in each of the last four months of the season, including a season-high 64 in June, 56 in July, 54 in August and 50 more in September.
In addition to the Outstanding Pitcher Award, Kluber is a finalist for the 2017 AL Cy Young Award, which will be announced on Wednesday, November 15.
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