Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber finishes third in AL Cy Young Award race

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians ace starting pitcher Corey Kluber placed third in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award, Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Wednesday night live on MLB Network.

The 2014 AL Cy Young winner, Kluber tallied 98 points, including three first-place votes, but it was not enough to win the award over Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, who finished the year with a 22-4 record and 3.15 earned run average over 33 starts for the American League East Division Champions.

Despite getting the most first-place votes, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander finished second after posting a 16-9 record and 3.04 earned run average over 34 starts.

In what was a bounce-back year for Kluber record-wise after a 9-16 campaign in 2015, the right-handed ace regained his Cy Young form and went 18-9 with a 3.14 earned run average and 227 strikeouts against 57 walks over 215.0 innings of work.

Although Kluber’s strikeout numbers were down from each of the last two years, he allowed his fewest number of hits, 170, since 2013, when the Indians clinched one of the American League Wildcard playoff spots.

While the Cy Young Award is for work done in the regular-season, Kluber proved to be a special pitcher during his first trip to the playoffs, where he registered 35 strikeouts against eight walks and allowed just seven earned runs over 34.1 innings of work in six starts.

Along with his 1.83 earned run average, Kluber had a 3-1 postseason record, with wins coming against the Red Sox in the American League Division Series and the Toronto Blue Jays in the Championship Series before winning two of his three starts against the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.

Over six-plus innings of work in the Indians’ 6-0 Game 1 win over the Cubs, Kluber surrendered just four hits. He registered nine strikeouts and did not allow a run or walk. It was the third time in four starts during the postseason that Kluber did not give up a run.

Eight of those strikeouts came in the first three innings, which broke a World Series record. Orlando Hernandez and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson held the previous mark after each registered seven strikeouts over the first three innings of a World Series game.

Also, the nine strikeouts set the Indians’ franchise record for the most punch-outs in a World Series game. The previous record of seven was set by Orel Hershiser in the 1995 World Series and equaled by fire-baller Jaret Wright during Game 7 of the 1997 Fall Classic.

The Indians rode Kluber’s pitching and timely hitting to a 7-2 win over the Cubs in Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field.

Over six innings of work, Kluber allowed just five hits, one walk and one earned run against six strikeouts. Kluber found a way to strand five Cubs runners and registered his first postseason hit in the top of the second inning.


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