Kluber's September to remember nets monthly honor

Indians right-hander named AL Pitcher of the Month, a career first

Kluber's September to remember nets monthly honor

Corey Kluber finished the year with one more accolade in hopes of earning some more hardware in the near future.

The American League Cy Young Award candidate finished the month of September with a 5-1 record and 2.09 ERA, earning the AL Pitcher of the Month Award for the first time in his career.

The Indians ace walked just seven batters on the month and led the Majors with 56 strikeouts in 43 innings over six starts. He also led the AL in starts, was third in innings pitched and 11th in ERA among pitchers with at least 24 1/3 innings of work.

Kluber went at least seven innings in five of his six starts and reached double-digit strikeouts in three of them. He recorded his third complete game of the season on Sept. 6 against the White Sox, then posted a career-best 14 strikeouts 10 days later against the Astros. He became the first Indians pitcher to notch 14 strikeouts in a game since Bartolo Colon on May 29, 1998.

With another 14-strikeout outing in his next start against the Twins, Kluber became the first Indians pitcher since Sam McDowell (twice) in 1968 to accomplish that feat.

Kluber's 18 wins this season were the most by an Indians pitcher since Cliff Lee went 22-3 during his 2008 AL Cy Young Award-winning campaign. Kluber is the fourth different AL pitcher over the last 20 years to reach the 18-win, 260-strikeout plateau with an ERA no higher than 2.50.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.