CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber hasn't been the same pitcher who won last year's AL Cy Young Award. Except in many ways, and in the early part of this season, he has been. It just doesn't feel the same.
Through the first month of the season, Kluber (0-5), at least statistically, is almost the exact same pitcher he was a year ago. His ERA in April was about the same (4.14 in 2014, 4.24 in 2015) in nearly the same number of innings (34 to 37). He had almost the same number of strikeouts (35 to 36 this season) and walks (10 to seven).
Last year, Kluber got hot in May and finished 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA. That hasn't happened yet; he has given up at least four earned runs in each of his past four starts. The one thing coaches have identified with him is a lack of control with his fastball — it has led Kluber to falling behind in counts.
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