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Corey Kluber - The Dark Horse For Another Cy Young

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Since Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber won the American League Cy Young award back in 2014, there has been much debate among fans and baseball brains about the true ability of the "Klubot". The Indians, however, never for once second doubted the 30 year old right hander. Kluber set the bar high in 2014 with a record of 18-9 to go along with a 2.44 ERA, a season that can very rarely be duplicated; in 2015, doubts arose from the Cleveland fanbase when Kluber posted a record of 9-16 and sported an ERA of 3.49. Without a doubt, Corey's 2015 season was still very good, even though it did not come close to matching the previous year and his record certainly did not show it. When you dig deeper into the 2015 season of Kluber, he still tossed 222 innings (6th in MLB), struck out 245 hitters (5th in MLB) and had a WHIP of 1.05 (10th in MLB), proving that his '15 campaign was only questioned due to his inhuman 2014 season. 

Corey (Far right) made his first All-star appearance in 2016
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2016 rolled around for Cleveland ace Corey Kluber as did people's doubts, and he has again shut them down. Kluber did indeed get off to a rough start, with a 1-3/4.24 ERA in April and a 3-3/4.08 May, but since then has quietly returned to the his status as one of the elite pitchers in baseball. 

Kluber's monthly numbers 

April - 5 starts, 1-3, 4.24 ERA, 34 IP, 35 K's, .228 Opponent AVG

May - 6 starts, 3-3, 4.08, 39.2 IP, 38 K's, .245 Opponent AVG, 1 shutout

June - 5 starts, 4-1, 2.19, 37 IP, 37 K's, .150 Opponent AVG, 2 Complete games, 1 shutout

July - 5 starts, 2-1, 2.51, 32.1 IP, 35 K's, .235 Opponent AVG

August - 3 starts, 3-0, 2.25 ERA, 20 IP, 18 K's

Season totals - 13-8, 3.15 ERA, 163 IP, 163 K, 3 Complete games, 2 shutouts

There is certainly no doubt that as of right now Kluber would not be the AL Cy Young winner, nor should he be, but the run he has put together over the summer resembles the same one he made in 2014 when he took home the Cy Young. In 2014, Kluber started off the year with a 2-3/4.14 line, yet in the end beat out King Felix Hernandez for the hardware. Kluber was 9-6 with a 3.01 ERA before the 2014 All-star break, and after it went 9-3 with a 1.73 to finish up a phenomenal season. Currently there are no clear cut front runners for the 2016 Cy Young, but Kluber has certainly put his name into the discussion along with Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox, J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays, among many others. 

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