Corey Kluber
SP CLE
1 week ago1 Comment

Kluber tossed four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four Padres on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

After a clunker in his Cactus League debut, Kluber appeared in midseason form Sunday as he faced just one batter over the minimum through four frames. The Indians' ace came out for the fifth, but was removed after giving up two singles and an RBI double. Kluber will continue fine tuning his mechanics as he gears up to make his third straight Opening Day start for the Tribe.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
2 weeks ago

Kluber was rocked over 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four Brewers in Monday's exhibition game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians' ace was scheduled to go three innings in his spring debut, but Kluber was pulled after dealing 60 pitches before hitting the intended finish line. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said, "He [Kluber] was a little rusty with the two-seamer. He didn't know where to start it. He was leaving pitches up at times, but his breaking ball was really good. There was lot of swing and miss at it and that's what we're looking for at this time of year." Kluber will be used judiciously throughout the Cactus League schedule as the team wants to limit his innings, but owners can expect a much more polished outing the next time he takes the hill.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
3 weeks ago

Kluber completed a one-inning simulated game on Sunday with no issues, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kluber is slated to make his Cactus League debut on March 6. His delayed start is a planned approach to reduce his arm's exposure during spring training, and there is no injury concern regarding the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner. Last season, Kluber finished among the AL's top-5 in wins (18), innings (215), strike outs (227), ERA (3.14) and WHIP (1.06). Needless to say, the Indians' ace is a beast and owners can move forward with drafting him with full confidence for 2017.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
4 weeks ago

Kluber said he's planning to take the mound on Opening Day, though manager Terry Francona said if Kluber isn't ready, the Indians might delay his debut, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kluber isn't injured, but Cleveland wants to limit him this spring considering the right-hander has logged more than 700 innings in the last three years, including the postseason. Perhaps he'll miss a handful of starts during the season even if healthy, though despite concerns over his recent workloads, he's still one of fantasy's best starting pitchers.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
1 month ago

Kluber, who will be on a strict limit this spring, may not be ready to start on Opening Day, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Terry Francona isn't ready to name his ace the Opening Day starter, and said the club is "slowing" the right-hander down early in camp. "If he's not ready for Game 1, we can adjust," Francona added. Although it's unclear how serious Francona is -- and it's extremely hard to imagine Kluber won't take the hill on Opening Day -- it's not difficult to read between the lines on the manager's message. Playoffs included, Kluber has logged more than 700 innings over the last three years, and Francona is making it clear that he'll protect Kluber's arm this season. He's still an elite fantasy option, but his value could take a slight hit if Kluber won't be guaranteed another 215-plus innings and multiple opportunities to notch complete games (he's had 10 over the last three years).

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
1 month ago

Kluber is expected to have some limits on his pitch count during the beginning of spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The former Cy Young Award winner was one of the few healthy starters for Cleveland during their postseason run, which led to a heavy workload throughout the playoffs. The Indians seem content to ease Kluber into action this spring, which should hopefully allow him to hit the ground running when the regular season rolls around and continue to log a lot of innings as one of Cleveland's top starters.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
5 months ago

Kluber will start Game 4 of the World Series on short rest, ESPN's Jayson Stark reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
5 months ago

Kluber is scheduled to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
5 months ago

Kluber will now start Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Corey Kluber
SP CLE
5 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.