2014 Cy Young winner, Corey Kulber, has had a rough start to the 2015 season.
Last year, he beat out King Felix for the award by going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and striking out 269 batters. This season? Well, he started off 0-5 and his ERA was around double what it had been last season.
Kluber has proved to be a strong finisher as the season goes on, though. In 2014, he posted a 1.73 ERA post All-Star break, including 1.12 over his final five starts of the season — all wins.
Kluber may have flipped that switch on Wednesday, pitching eight scoreless innings and striking out 18 Cardinals en route to a 2-0 victory. Kluber allowed one hit in the game without walking a batter, and had he been sent back out for the 9th, would’ve had a shot at 21 Ks — a potential record.
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2015
A heat map of Corey Kluber’s 18 strikeouts last night, of which 13 were on the outer half of the plate: pic.twitter.com/xGuGJ57vKg — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2015
Kluber was not in many DK lineups yesterday. Partially because he pitched in an early game, but more probable than not, it was because he had been pitching like trash this season. At a $9k price tag, why even consider using him until he proves himself?
Well, if you were waiting for Kluber to established himself, it appears this was your sign. And if you want to go by last season’s numbers/trends, the 2014 Cy Young winner is going to keep this up as the season grows older.
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