Kluber (0-1) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. He struck out two. Kluber pitched three scoreless frames before allowing four runs over the next two innings. The devastating blows were three solo shots, marking the fourth consecutive playoff start that Kluber has allowed at least two home runs. The right-hander posted a 2.89 ERA, 9.3 K/9 and 1.1 HR/9 in 2018 and will look to get back on track if he gets another opportunity in the Division Series.
Kluber didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Royals, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings while striking out six. The right-hander got pulled after 80 pitches (59 strikes) in a meaningless game for Cleveland, and he should be well-rested when he faces Justin Verlander on Friday in the first game of their ALDS. Kluber wraps up his regular season with a career-high 20 wins, a 2.89 ERA and 222 strikeouts -- his fifth straight campaign with at least 200 K's.
Kluber (20-7) tossed seven scoreless innings Monday to earn the win against the White Sox, allowing four hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. Kluber threw 69.4 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced 19 swinging strikes as he tied his second-highest strikeout total of the season. He seemed to get stronger as the game went along, retiring the final 11 batters he faced en route to his 20th win of the campaign. Kluber has now posted back-to-back quality starts while posting a 22:3 K:BB and allowing three earned runs over 15 innings in that span. He'll take a sharp 2.83 ERA into his final start of the regular season Saturday against the Royals.
Kluber is listed as the Indians' probable pitcher for Monday's game against the White Sox. The Indians will activate Trevor Bauer (fibula) from the 10-day disabled list and have him start Friday against the Red Sox, while Adam Plutko will return from a brief stint in the bullpen to start Sunday's series finale. Those two additions will take Kluber out of the mix for a two-start week, as he'll get pushed back to take the hill Monday on five days' rest. Considering Kluber's prior turn Tuesday came on seven days' rest, it appears the Indians' main priority is easing up on their ace's workload down the stretch with the hope of keeping him fresh for the postseason. With that in mind, it's far from a lock that Kluber will make more than one start in the final week of the regular season, despite leading off the Indians' seven-game road trip to close out the campaign.
Kluber (19-7) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks across eight innings to earn the win Tuesday against the White Sox. He struck out 11. Working on three extra days' rest, Kluber delivered his longest outing since Aug. 4. He threw 70 percent of his pitches for strikes while inducing a whopping 24 swinging strikes and recording 11 groundball outs. Kluber allowed a pair of solo home runs in the sixth inning before allowing a run on two hits in the seventh, but he already had enough run support to lock down his 19th win. He will look to build on this strong outing this weekend against the Red Sox.