Starting Pitcher Preseason Power Rankings

10. Corey Kluber

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If you look at Corey Kluber‘s record last season, it’s easy enough to say that the Cy Young winner of 2014 took a big step back in 2015. Baseball is much more complex than that, though. Kluber had more complete games than any pitcher in the American League with four, the second-most innings in the League with 222, and the third-lowest WHIP at 1.05 to go along with the third-most strikeouts with 245.

Last season, Kluber started 14 games that the Indians lost in which the offense scored two runs or fewer. That is 14 of 32 starts in the 2016 season. That means that Kluber could have pitched a quality start in all of his games and still ended the season at just above .500, assuming that he received a decision in all of his games.

The offense was not there for the first half of 2015, but after Francisco Lindor was called up in July, the offense started to pick up. In spring training this year, a young rookie, Tyler Naquin, and a veteran pick-up, Mike Napoli, have been performing at the plate. Kluber’s win total should be closer to his 2014 total, 18, than his 2015 total of nine.

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