CLEVELAND — Over the last few years, Cleveland has had a seemingly endless supply of elite starting pitching, from Corey Kluber to Trevor Bauer to Mike Clevinger to Shane Bieber to Zach Plesac to, most recently, Triston McKenzie. But this trend isn’t a new development.
The franchise has had a long list of incredible starting pitchers toe the rubber in a Cleveland uniform. The biggest names are always remembered by the impressions their careers left on the organization. But who had some of the best single-season performances?
Let’s take a look at the top five individual seasons by a Cleveland pitcher:
1. Bob Feller, 1946
When pitching is the topic of discussion for Cleveland, it’s hard to not lead the conversation — whatever it may be — with Feller. Arguably the best pitcher to go through the Cleveland organization, Feller rightfully earned the title of best season in franchise history with his impressive showing in 1946. He led all pitchers in wins (26), games (48), starts (42), complete games (36), shutouts (10), innings (371 1/3) and strikeouts (348). He also tossed a no-hitter against the Yankees on April 30 of that season. His 36 complete games and 348 strikeouts are the most by any Cleveland hurler in a single season.
2. Corey Kluber, 2017
Kluber had a stellar year in 2014 to win his first Cy Young Award, but he put up even better numbers in his second Cy Young…