Corey Kluber’s eighth-inning strikeout of Rays DH David DeJesus notched his third consecutive double-digit strikeout start and it helped the Indians set the all-time record for strikeouts in a season by a pitching staff at 1,429, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. The Tigers pitching staff set the previous record last season. Kluber added another strikeout in the eighth and Cody Allen struck out one in the ninth inning as well, bringing the total up to 1,431.
Kluber finished with eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a pair of walks along with the 11 strikeouts. As Bastian also noted with a mid-game tweet, Kluber also climbed up the Indians’ leaderboard for strikeouts in a season by a pitcher, taking sixth place at 269. He trails Bob Feller, who struck out 348 in 1946, and four Sam McDowell seasons.
Indians single-season Ks: 1 Bob Feller 348 (’46) 2 Sam McDowell 325 (’65) 3 SM 304 (’70) 4 SM 283 (’68) 5 SM 279 (’69) 6 Kluber 264 (’14)
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 27, 2014
Kluber has a serious case for the American League Cy Young award. Following Friday night’s win, he’s 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 269/51 K/BB ratio. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez — Kluber’s fiercest competitor for the award — will start on Sunday against the Angels as he will get one last shot to pad his resume. King Felix is currently 14-6 with a 2.34 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a 241/46 K/BB ratio.