This year Indians all star ace Corey Kluber has put together an excellent season for the fourth year in a row. He has without a question, numbers for the AL Cy Young award. This award is given out to the best pitcher in each AL and NL and it is Named after mostly Former Indian and Red Sock Cy Young who won a career total 511 games, 94 more wins than anymore pitcher. This season you could say the Corey Kluber is the best pitcher alive right now. He has won 17 games, losing just 4 with over an .800 winning percentage per decision which the best in the AL. Kluber, and don’t forget that he missed a month of the season as well. Kluber leads the AL in Wins, ERA, WHIP, Opponent BA, and Complete games with 5 tied with Ervin Santana. So now the Question is is where does he rank all time in Indians pitching history?
No. 1 in Indians history is without a doubt Bob Feller, Feller won a World Series title in 1948 with the Indians which they defeated the Boston Braves. He is the Indians career leader in Wins, Strikeouts, Innings Pitched, Complete Games and Games Started. He is without a question the Greatest Pitcher in Indians history. He also led the AL in wins 6 times in his Career as well. His career record is 266-162 lifetime, he had 2,581 career Strikeouts, 3,827 Innings Pitched, 279 complete games and 484 starts. His number 19 is retired and he is probably the greatest player in Indians history.
No. 2 Bob Lemon. Lemon is second greatest pitcher in Indians history winning 207 games which is 3rd most in tribe history not much of strikeout pitcher only 1,277 strikeouts but it still ranks 3rd all time in Indians History. He won a World Series in 1948 when they defeated the Boston Braves. Most Indians say that he maybe surpassed by Corey Kluber for man reasons
No. 3 Corey Kluber. Yes Kluber is the 3rd greatest pitcher in Indians history to this point, he has won a Cy Young award he is only 1 of 3 Indians starting pitchers to have 2 or more 250 strikeouts in a season, those seasons Include 2014 and 2017, his 2 best years of his career and he was a really good postseason pitcher a season ago including 2 wins in the 2016 World Series. I say he is the third greatest pitcher in Indians history because when you look on how his career started, he didn’t get into the Indians rotation until he was 27 years old so imagine if he started when he was like 19 or 20 like King Felix and Clayton Kershaw. He is the third greatest and CC Sabathia is right behind him as 4th greatest.
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