Kluber will start Game 4 of the World Series on short rest, ESPN's Jayson Stark reports. He was masterful in Game 1 and only needed 88 pitches to get through six scoreless frames. The fact that the Indians were able to get their ace out of Tuesday's game at such a modest pitch count may have prompted the decision to bring him back to start Saturday in Wrigley Field on short rest. This also means that Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin will line up to pitch Game 5 and Game 6, respectively, on short rest.
Kluber is scheduled to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs on Tuesday, ESPN reports. Just as he did in the ALCS, Cleveland's ace will head to the mound to kick off their World Series matchup versus Chicago. Kluber will face off against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester in the series opener, with Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin expected to follow.
Kluber will now start Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. Kluber was originally scheduled to start Game 5, but manager Terry Francona had hinted that could change if Trevor Bauer ran into trouble Monday. That indeed was the case, as Bauer only lasted four batters after aggravating a preexisting laceration on his throwing hand. Kluber will now pitch Tuesday on short rest for the first time in his career.
Manager Terry Francona said that Kluber is scheduled to start Game 5 of the ALCS, but he could be bumped up to Game 4 on Tuesday if Trevor Bauer runs into trouble Monday night, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. Should things go as planned during Monday's contest, Ryan Merritt would take the ball for Tuesday's tilt. However, Francona insisted that Merritt would be available out of the bullpen if Bauer's outing was cut short, which would put the Cleveland ace in a position to start Tuesday on short rest. This doesn't change Kluber's outlook all that much, as both games will take place at the Rogers Centre. That being said, if Merritt is able to take the ball for Game 4 and the Indians completed a sweep of the Blue Jays, Kluber would then be lined up to toe the rubber for Game 1 of the World Series. Things should become clear following Monday's contest.
Kluber will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Friday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports. Kluber was outstanding in his first start this postseason, stifling the Red Sox over seven scoreless innings while punching out seven of them. This led manager Terry Francona to give the ball to his stud pitcher for the ALCS opener, where he'll go head-to-head with Toronto starter Marco Estrada.