It seems that in Cleveland, the rich only get richer. Fresh off his key role in the Indians historic 22 game winning streak, ace pitcher Corey Kluber was named AL Player of the Week. The honor should only bolster Kluber’s chances of winning his second CY Young Award at the end of the regular season, an award he is more than deserving of. Kluber won the weekly award following two wins in two starts, one of which was a complete game shutout. He improved to 17-4 on the year and holds an AL-leading 2.35 ERA.
Boston’s Chris Sale appears to be Kluber’s only competition for the award, which is given to the top pitcher in each league after the regular season. Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers has all but locked up the NL CY Young himself, which would make things very interesting if Kluber were to win himself. Kershaw and Kluber would be a dynamic potential World Series match up, as each of their respective teams seem to be the favorites to battle it out in the championship series.
Kluber’s next start is not until Sunday September 24, when he will duel it out with Seattle’s Mike Leake. The upcoming rotation for the Tribe features a start for the injury-plagued Danny Salazar. This would allow extra rest for Kluber before the team embarks on another postseason run.