August 5, 2021

Kluber brings his 2019 baggage to a new ballpark in Texas (ESPN)

The Texas Rangers seem quite serious about building a legitimate starting rotation, adding two-time AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber in a weekend trade. On the one hand, it is rather easy to overlook Kluber’s lost 2019 season because his problems were unrelated to either his valuable elbow or shoulder. A Brian Anderson line drive broke Kluber’s forearm on the first day of May. However, that was simply the result of bad luck. Kluber missed several months and then, while on the mend, he strained his oblique in August. That was it for his season — and neither malady should continue into 2020. Remember, the great Kluber averaged 32 starts, 17 wins, 246 strikeouts and a 2.85 ERA over the previous five seasons, earning awards and much fantasy love along the way.

While it might seem obvious to give Kluber the proverbial “mulligan” and trust him again, some will view the changing of his home ballpark from Cleveland’s Progressive Field to the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas (which is still under construction) as an issue. Perhaps it will be, but we need years of data on the new park before making assumptions. A retractable roof could alter the hot-summer power…

Read “Kluber brings his 2019 baggage to a new ballpark in Texas” at ESPN