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April 25, 2014

What You Need to Know

Kluber Completes a Game

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
Efficiency hasn’t been the calling card of the Indians’ starting rotation this year.

Entering play on Thursday, Terry Francona’s starter had completed the seventh inning only thrice in the club’s first 21 games. The crew had collectively worked only 115 1/3 innings, the second-lowest total among all teams that had played at least that many contests. And at 4.99, the Indians’ rotation ERA was the fourth-worst in the majors—0.79 runs higher than that of the Blue Jays, the only American League club whose starters were averaging fewer innings per start than Francona’s (5.49).

When Corey Kluber took the mound at Progressive Field for the getaway matinee against the Royals, he did so as the most recent Cleveland pitcher to record at least 21 outs. The drought was at eight games. In five of those eight, the starter had failed to notch an out in the seventh. In each of the four preceding Kluber’s 7 1/3-frame effort on April 13, Francona was forced to bring in a reliever before the end of the fifth.

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