Corey Kluber had a miserable outing against the Guardians. It’s Chaim Bloom and manager Alex Cora at fault for putting him out there.
When he took the mound on Thursday in Cleveland, Red Sox pitcher Corey Kluber was 37 years old and with his best days clearly behind him. He may have aged a few more during his 3.1 innings out of the bullpen against his former team.
Kluber simply didn’t have it. He inherited a 3-1 deficit from Matt Dermody and proceeded to give up seven runs as the Red Sox lost to the Guardians 10-3.
Dermody was DFA’d after the game and Boston fans suspect he won’t be the last player sent down with Kluber’s 7.13 ERA more than justifying a similar fate.
But while Kluber was the subject of plenty of ire, two other figures in the Red Sox organization also took a beating: Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and manager Alex Cora.
Chaim Bloom, Alex Cora blamed for Corey Kluber fail
After all, it was Cora who put Kluber on the mound and then left him in after opening the sixth inning with a home run, single and a double given up.
And it was Chaim Bloom who gave him a contract in the first place. Worse still, it was Bloom who put together the Red Sox pitching staff that’s so thin and unreliable that turning to a 37-year-old Kluber was necessary.
The Red Sox dropped to 31-32 on the season, dropping the series to the Guardians 2-1. They have lost five of their last six and sit firmly at the bottom of the AL East standings.