CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber finished third in the voting for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on MLB Network Wednesday night.
Kluber tallied 71 points with four second-place and 12 third-place votes, which placed him behind both Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell (17 first-place votes, 169 points), a first-time AL Cy Young Award winner, and Houston Astros veteran right-hander Justin Verlander (13 first-place votes, 154 points).
Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber (28) winds up to deliver a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In his 33 starts this season, Kluber (20-7) registered 222 strikeouts against just 34 walks, 179 hits and 69 earned runs allowed over 215.0 innings of work while anchoring a pitching staff that led the way to the Indians’ third consecutive AL Central Division Championship.
Opposing batters hit just .223 against Kluber during the 2018 season.
A two-time AL Cy Young Award winner (2014, 2017), Kluber won four games in three different months this past season, starting with an 8-1 slate through April and May. Additionally, Kluber posted a 4-1 record over his six August starts.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) fires to home plate in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field.
An AL All-Star for the third consecutive season, Kluber posted an 8-2 record in 13 starts following the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. Over 81.1 innings pitched, Kluber struck out 90 batters and walked only 17 while cutting down on his home runs allowed.
Kluber allowed 19 home runs in 133.2 innings pitched before the Mid-Summer Classic, but in 50 less innings of work from mid-July to the end of the season, he surrendered only six round-trippers.
Along with being an American League Cy Young Award finalist, Kluber was named a finalist for an AL Gold Glove Award this season.
Defensively, Kluber had 19 putouts and 13 assists. A first-time nominee for the Rawlings A.L. Gold Glove Award, Kluber did not make an error in 32 total chances for the Indians.
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