Corey Kluber is wrongly perceived as underrated. He's quiet and prior to 2016, Cleveland didn't get a lot of national run, but that hasn't muted Kluber's price. Consider that he was the 35th overall pick on the heels of his Cy Young win in 2015 draft season and then even after a 9-16 season that saw his ERA rise by a full run, the fantasy market still understood just how good he was and slotted him as the 38th overall pick on average. He rewarded that faith with another Cy-worthy effort that saw minimal erosion in his skills with an ERA and WHIP that essentially split the difference on his 2014 and 2015 seasons. Even with the overall stock of SPs dropping, Kluber will likely set a new best Average Draft Position, going somewhere in the top 30 picks. He has the occasional blowup (five starts of five-plus earned runs), but his eight starts of at least eight innings were third-most in MLB. Those five starts were virtually his only bad ones out of 32. He's elite.
Kluber (2-1) scattered three hits and two walks while striking out nine in a complete-game shutout of the White Sox on Friday. Chicago hitters were overmatched all night, as Kluber faced just two batters over the minimum and didn't allow a runner to even reach second base. After a couple of shaky outings to begin the campaign, the 31-year-old ace now appears to be back in his usual, dominant form. His next start will come Thursday at home against the Astros.
Due to Wednesday's matchup with the Twins being postponed, Kluber will have his next start pushed back to Friday against the White Sox, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Owners should never be tempted to sit an ace like Kluber, but the rescheduled matchup certainly isn't as friendly for the right-hander. The 31-year-old's splits against the Twins are noticeably better than his numbers against the White Sox. Furthermore, the south-siders have been a tougher out than the guys from the Twin Cities so far in 2017. That said, Kluber is one of those special "set it and forget it" players, so deploy the Cy Young winner confidence.
Kluber (1-1) allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight over 6.1 innings to earn the win Saturday against the Tigers. Although Kluber had little success holding down the Tigers bats, he was spotted to an early seven-run lead, and at least his fantasy owners came away from this contest with a win. He's now allowed at least five runs in two of his three starts to begin the year, but there's no reason to think that the Indians ace won't be able to quickly settle into a groove and turn things around. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Twins.
Kluber (0-1) was effective, but took the loss Sunday after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out four against Arizona. The All-Star was cruising early, but ran into trouble in the fourth inning. After recording two quick outs, Kluber allowed three straight singles that led to a pair of runs, one of which was the result of catcher Yan Gomes' throwing error. Kluber also surrendered a solo home run in the sixth, his fourth long ball given up over 12 innings this season. He'll look to get on track and capture his first win of 2017 when he takes the hill for his next start Saturday versus Detroit.
Kluber will have the blister removed from his finger in the coming days, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. While it was reported that Kluber was dealing with blisters on Opening Day, Cleveland's pitching coach said that Kluber will be good to go for his next start Sunday against the Diamondbacks. The discomfort brought on by the blisters seemed to impede on his ability to throw in Monday's game, as he gave up five runs over the course of six innings.
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