In Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber faced just 28 batters over nine full innings for a second straight game. Per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info), he's the only pitcher in the past 100 seasons to meet both criteria in back-to-back outings.
Since the All-Star break, Kluber has posted an incredible 0.68 ERA, .136 batting average against and 28.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26.2 innings. Meanwhile, the right-hander has recorded double-digit strikeouts in three of five July starts and boasts 9.66 strikeouts per nine innings on the year.
Kluber also leads the Cleveland staff in most statistical categories, including wins (11), ERA (2.61) and strikeouts (170). His punchout total is good for third in the American League, placing him just behind David Price (189) and Felix Hernandez (178).
In addition, the 28-year-old Kluber has tossed a complete game twice this season, and Wednesday's outing marked the first shutout of his major league career.
Needing just 85 pitches to defeat King Felix Hernandez and the Mariners, Kluber's performance marks the lowest pitch count in a shutout so far during the 2014 season. The previous record had been owned by Henderson Alvarez of the Miami Marlins, who shut out the Tampa Bay Rays with just 88 pitches on June 3.
As the clear ace of the Cleveland staff, Kluber will look to keep his recent run going in Monday's contest against in-state rival, the Cincinnati Reds.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise specified.
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