Cy Young Award-winning veteran Corey Kluber (37-Boston Red Sox) has lost his “starter” role.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Kluber’s move to the bullpen on Friday, according to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Red Sox needed to move a starter to the bullpen to make room for Garrett Whitlock, who is set to return from the disabled list (IL). It was Kluber who lost out on the competition. Boston went with a five-man rotation of Chris Sale-James Paxton-Witlock-Tanner Hauck-Bryan Bello.
Kluber won the American League Cy Young Award in 2014 and 2017 while playing for the Cleveland Indians (now the Cleveland Cavaliers). He won 18 games in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017 and his first 20 wins in 2018. He joined Boston on a one-year, $10 million short-term deal last December and started the season opener. However, his subsequent struggles raised concerns.토토사이트
In nine starts this season, he went 2-6 with a 6.26 ERA. He pitched more than six innings just once. In his last start, on April 22, he gave up five runs on three hits in two and one-third innings against the San Diego Padres. The bullpen is unfamiliar. “Kluber has five regular-season bullpen appearances in his career, but none since 2013,” MLB.com reported. “The last two or three years, we’ve been using starters in the bullpen. Some guys have been more aggressive than others,” Cora said.
Kluber, meanwhile, has a career record of 115 wins and 77 losses with a 3.39 ERA. In five games out of the bullpen, he has a 4.82 ERA (3.38 in starts).