American League Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber returns to the mound in the midst of a spectacular stretch of starts as he faces off against the Red Sox as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV.Perhaps the only thing able to stop Kluber from continuing
American League Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber returns to the mound in the midst of a spectacular stretch of starts as he faces off against the Red Sox as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV.
Perhaps the only thing able to stop Kluber from continuing his streak of 14 consecutive starts with eight or more strikeouts was a sprained ankle, which forced him to leave his last start after 5 1/3 innings. He earned the victory anyway, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out four.
The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner, Kluber has been flat-out dominant since returning to the Cleveland rotation on June 1, going 9-1 with a 1.84 ERA and a ridiculous 155 strikeouts in 107 2/3 frames.
The right-hander struggled early in the year before landing on the disabled list with lower back discomfort. But his performance since the beginning of June has him pushing Boston's Chris Sale for the honor awarded to the AL's best hurler.
This evening he'll do battle with the Red Sox and left-hander Thomas Pomeranz, who has reeled off victories in six consecutive decisions. The 28-year-old also departed from his previous outing, leaving after 3 1/3 innings with back spasms.
Both pitchers are healthy for this contest, however, setting the stage for what could turn into a classic pitcher's duel between two first-place clubs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time at Progressive Field.
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Here's what else to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Severino hits the road: [email protected], 7:10 p.m.
New York right-hander Luis Severino has surged to stardom in his third Major League season, and it's away from Yankee Stadium where he's excelled more than ever before.
The 23-year-old is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings across 13 starts on the road in 2017 compared to 5-4 with a 4.14 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 67 1/3 frames in 11 home outings.
Tonight he takes on the Tigers at Comerica Park. Jordan Zimmermann, looking to rebound from back-to-back tough outings, gets the ball for Detroit.
Interleague intrigue: [email protected], 8:10 p.m.
The Nationals and Astros, both leading their respective divisions by a wide margin, square off in the second contest of the three-game set.
Well-traveled veteran Edwin Jackson toes the rubber for Washington on the heels of consecutive victories over the Giants and Padres in which he gave up a combined two earned runs in 13 innings.
Houston sends 32-year-old Mike Fiers to the hill seeking his first win since July 21 versus the Orioles. Since twirling seven innings of one-run ball in that outing, Fiers has gone 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts. He tries to turn things around against a potent Nats lineup.
Postseason push: [email protected], 8:15 p.m.
A pair of clubs fighting for a Wild Card spot in their respective leagues go head-to-head when the Rockies square off with the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Colorado returns rookie righty Antonio Senzatela to the rotation after two straight scoreless outings in relief. The 22-year-old is 10-4 with a 4.93 ERA in 18 games as a starter.
Veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy takes the mound for Kansas City attempting to pick up his first win since the calendar flipped to August. Kennedy is 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA in four outings this month.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.