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Will Corey Kluber (right) stabilize the back end of the Indians rotation?
In no particular order, the following three performed well but just missed out on being one of the three stars:
Ryan Raburn: .320/.370/.620 slash line, 4 HR, 8 RBI
If I were picking the stars of the last two games, Raburn would be the landslide winner of the No. 1 star. Raburn slugged two home runs against the Phillies on Tuesday night. It was the second consecutive night he slugged two home runs, and he has gone 6-for-13 with his four homers and eight runs batted in the last 10 games.
Raburn has been huge this month in helping to fill in at right field when Drew Stubbs moved to center to replace Michael Bourn (.333/.375/.600, 2 HR, 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 10 games played) who went on the disabled list April 17 (retroactive to April 15) due to a laceration on his right finger.
Corey Kluber: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 11 SO, 0 BB, 12 IP
Kluber was rock solid (7 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 2 R 2 ER) in his only start against the Royals on Sunday and has been solid in his relief stints also. With Brett Myers struggling to epic proportions to go along with Carlos Carrasco and Scott Kazmir's inabilities to deliver consistently, Kluber could prove to be very valuable to the Indians' starting rotation.
With more outings like his last start, Kluber could very well become one of the three stars in future months. He didn't log enough innings to make the list for this month.
Joe Smith: 8 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 9 K, 0 BB, 1 SV, 0 BS, 2 HLD (holds)
Many relievers would deserve mention here, but Smith was probably the best and most consistent of the bunch in the month of April.
You need a magnifying glass to look at Smith's numbers for the month, and he continues to be a formidable cog in the three-pronged bullpen group of himself, Vinnie Pestano (8 IP, 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 8 K, 4 BB, 4 HLD) and closer Chris Perez (8 IP, 1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 9 K, 3 BB, 3 SV, 1 BS).
Let's take a look at the players that really shined in the month of April.