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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: COREY KLUBER SP CLEVELAND INDIANS

There is domination and then there is the ridiculously spectacular performance of Cleveland Indians ace pitcher Corey Kluber who seems primed to swipe away the AL Cy Young Award from the Boston Red Sox' Chris Sale.  Already a pronounced second half monster, what Kluber has done since the All-Star break is beyond insanity as he has logged a 2.07 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, with 120 K in 91.1 innings.  He continued that run by tossing a complete game shutout versus the Detroit Tigers where he gave up just 5 hits, no walks, and 8 K's.  Kluber has logged double-digit K games in 12 of his last 18 starts and his record stands at 16-4.  Basically wherever you look Kluber is dominating and it reaffirms his status as a top tier fantasy baseball whose only weakness seems to be a trend of starting April off slowly.  In terms of advanced numbers, what quickly stands out is Kluber's 11.84 K/9 rate which is extremely high for a starter but he also doesn't beat himself as he possesses uncanny control (1.66 BB/9) which is almost unfair to the hitter.  A 0.97 HR/9 is a bit high but that is because Kluber tends to rely on his explosive fastball which leads to the occasional bomb.  That is really inconsequential as Kluber is as locked in as any player in fantasy baseball both pitcher and hitter and his owners are riding his string of potent outings to a possible league title.  

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