“He’s garbage! Cut him! Send him back to the minors!”
That was the general consensus of many Indians fans shortly afterMiguel Cabrera crushed a 3-run home run off young Indians right-hander Corey Kluber at Comerica Park on May 10th. By the time Kluber was pulled from the game, his earned run total on the night was eight in just four and two thirds innings spiking his ERA to 5.64.
At the time, Kluber’s ability to pitch against elite hitters was in question. A month later, however, the right-hander ends up pitching eight dominant innings in back-to-back starts against the Rangers and Nationals, who are about two of the most elite ball clubs you can get offensively earning him Co-American League Player of the Week honors along with teammate Jason Kipnis.
Now, after 11 appearances with the Tribe in 2013 (10 starts), Kluber is 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA, a very respectable stat line for a guy who is basically only a sixth starter filling in for injured veteran starter right-hander Brett Myers.