CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Corey Kluber has been as good as any pitcher in baseball in the second half of the 2016 season.
And during the month of August, many believed there wasn’t anyone better in the American League.
On Saturday, Kluber was named August’s AL Pitcher of the Month, adding to his impressive pitching resume.
Cleveland’s ace went 5-0 last month, posting a 2.43 ERA and recording 44 strikeouts in 40 2/3 frames.
For the talented righty, the Pitcher of the Month accolades are the second of his carer, first winning the honor in September of 2014.
Coincidentally, a strong finish in 2014 was a big reason for his AL Cy Young Award win over Seattle’s Felix Hernandez two seasons ago.
A strong campaign has put Kluber back in consideration for Cy Young honors. Overall, the right-handed hurler owns a 3.09 ERA and league-best 3.17 FIP (fielding independent pitching) mark.
He is currently second in the AL among pitchers in wins above replacement (4.6), trailing only White Sox lefty Chris Sale in WAR.
After going 2-for-3 in his Minor League rehab debut, catcher Yan Gomes (DL, shoulder) returned to the Major League club on Saturday to do some catching and throwing drills with first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr.
Gomes will continue his rehab by DH-ing with Double-A Akron on Sunday.
Outfield Coco Crisp led off and DH-ed in his Indians debut on Saturday, being inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since coming over in a trade from the Oakland Athletics earlier this week.
First baseman Mike Napoli, meanwhile, was given the day off against talented Marlins hurler Jose Fernandez. Carlos Santana received the start at first base and hit cleanup for Cleveland.
The Blue Angels made an appearance in the skies above Progressive Field prior to Saturday’s game. Players and coaches were treated to a preview of Sunday’s Cleveland Air Show, as several gathered to watch the jets practice some maneuvers as they warmed up.