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Corey Kluber has now thrown back-to-back shutouts, facing 28 batters in each game.
Shutout With 8 K vs AL Team
85 Pitches or Fewer Past 20 Seasons
Corey Kluber needed just 85 pitches to shut out the Seattle Mariners, striking out eight hitters and issuing no walks. He's just the fourth pitcher to do that against an American League team in the past 20 seasons.
Kluber faced only 28 batters, his second straight shutout in which he faced only 28 batters. He's the first pitcher with consecutive starts of nine innings and 28 or fewer batters faced since Jim Scott, who had two straight starts of that variety (with a relief appearance in-between) for the 1914 Chicago White Sox.
More than half of Kluber's pitches were breaking balls and the Mariners didn't stand a chance against those pitches. They went 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts and only one hard-hit ball in at-bats ending with a curveball or slider.
Overall, hitters chased 51.3 percent of Kluber's pitches out of the strike zone, the highest rate of his career.
Tough-Luck Loss For The King
Most Consec. Starts of 7 IP, 2 R or Fewer
Single-Season Since 1900
Félix Hernández may have gotten the loss, but he broke a record in the process. He now has 14 straight starts of at least seven innings allowing two or fewer runs, breaking a tie with Tom Sever for the longest such single-season streak in the modern era (since 1900).
Hernández threw his changeup on 41.8 percent of his pitches, his second-highest rate in any start in the past six seasons. Indians hitters went 1-for-12 with no hard-hit balls in at-bats ending with the King's changeup.
This continued a trend for Hernández. He has thrown his changeup on 30.8 percent of his pitches this season, the highest rate in his career. Hitters have a .118 batting average against his changeup, good for second best in the majors (minimum 100 plate appearances).
Hernández has recorded 98 punch-outs with his changeup this season, up from 69 last season. It's already the most strikeouts he has had with his changeup in the past six seasons.