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The Indians Starting Rotation is on Fire, Is it Enough to Get Them to the World Series?

1. Corey Kluber

Maybe the biggest worry about Corey Kluber is will he have a letdown like last season in the series against the Yankees.

In his two starts against New York, Kluber was nowhere near his normal self, leading to rumors of an injury or even fatigue that cost the team the deciding game five.

Lately Kluber has looked stronger as ever, he’s 16-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 174.1 innings pitched. Make no mistake he’s had his moments of bewilderment in 2018, with starts like June 15th against the Twins, June 26th against St.Louis, and July 23rd against the Pirates all coming to mind where he looked (dare say) normal.

On the flip side, two of those starts were before his injection in his knee that kept him out of the All-Star game, and the third was the start directly after the injection.

The Indians are hopeful that they will have a lot more of the 2016 postseason Kluber than the 2017 Kluber, and he will be the workhorse of the rotation as long as the team is in the playoffs.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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