AL Central: Who is the top starting pitcher?

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2. Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians)

Sep 21, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) pitches in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Cleveland Indians win 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Stats

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WHIP: 1.09

ERA: 2.44

K/9: 10.27

Quality Starts: 26

Kluber is the reigning Cy Young award winner, but he comes in at No. 2 on this list. He had a great year in 2014, but he’s only been a starter for a one full year. The lack of experience is the only thing holding him back from being No. 1.

In 2015, I expect some regression. The ERA will probably rise slightly and I expect the K rate of Kluber to remain stable. He threw a lot of innings last year, and I’d expect that the Indians may want to bring that down just a bit in order to protect him and themselves.

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