Kluber stays strong, Strasburg returns 

June, 17, 2013
6/17/13
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Both pitchers in Sunday's 2-0 Cleveland Indians win over the Washington Nationals are being judged unfairly these days. The relatively unknown Tribe right-hander, Corey Kluber, spoiled the return of Stephen Strasburg from his disabled list stint by hurling eight shutout innings. The former certainly deserves more attention than he's been getting, but it's also long past time to be hating on the latter, because he remains terrific.

Let's start with Kluber, who is available in 95 percent of ESPN standard leagues despite productive stats, especially of late; the unheralded 27-year-old entered Sunday with a 4.08 ERA, which doesn't attract much notice, but his 3.03 xFIP tells a different tale. Kluber fanned eight Nationals sans any free passes, and earlier in the week, he tossed eight innings of one-run ball at Texas to beat the Rangers. He's not getting his fastball into the mid-90s on a consistent basis, but Kluber does throw hard enough to accrue strikeouts.


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