Kluber Claims More Pitching Hardware with Player of the Week Award

Corey Kluber continued his march to the American League’s Cy Young Award this past week with a pair of scoreless victories over Detroit and Kansas City. Those efforts earned him the AL’s Player of the Week award for games played between September 11 and September 17.

Few have been better on the mound this season than Kluber and in many circles, he has inched ahead of his chief competition Chris Sale for the top pitching award of the season with a pair of starts during the week that extended his scoreless innings streak to a league-high 22 innings (Washington’s Stephen Strasburg‘s 35-inning streak that led MLB ended Sunday night). Kluber has not allowed a run since the first inning of his start on September 7 in Chicago, when he allowed a pair of solo home runs.

Kluber opened his week last Tuesday with a complete game shutout over the Tigers. He worked nine full innings, allowing five hits while striking out eight. He finished his season against Detroit with a 3-1 record in five starts with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The complete game was his fifth of the season and the shutout his third, both the top marks in the American League.

The win was no ordinary win either, as it extended the club’s winning streak to 20 games, tying the Oakland Athletics’ streak in 2002 for the longest in league history.

The 31-year-old right-hander returned to the rubber for a second start in the week on Sunday afternoon against the Royals. He kept Kansas City off of the scoreboard for seven more innings to extend his scoreless streak to 22. He gave up three hits and hit one batter while striking out nine. He brought a no-hitter into the fifth inning and lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.35 while also dropping his WHIP to 0.85 for the season.

In two starts against KC this year, he went 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.

The Player of the Week honor was the second of the season for Kluber, who also earned the award on June 25 on the way to claiming his first of two AL Pitcher of the Month awards for the season.

The two-time All-Star, who has looked in playoff form since being activated from the disabled list to open June, has gone 4-0 in four September starts with a 0.87 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP. The results this month have been even better than his August, when he earned his second Pitcher of the Month nod after going 5-1 in six starts with two complete games, a 1.96 ERA, and a 0.63 WHIP while holding opposing batters to a .146 average at the plate.

Kluber is tentatively scheduled to make his second-to-last start of the regular season over the weekend in Seattle against the Mariners.

Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

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