MLB Power Rankings: Which pitching rotation is the best in baseball?

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CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 25: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) delivers a pitch to the plate during the third inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians on May 25, 2018, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

6. Cleveland Indians

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about these guys.

Well, noone could forget about one of the games most dominant arms; Corey Kluber. If it weren’t for the Astros staff, Kulber would probably be the front runner for the Cy Young award. But, he’ll still finish in the top-5 even if he doesn’t win it.

Just look at these numbers:

  • 2.02 ERA
  • 1.1 BB/9
  • 225 ERA+

Carlos Carrasco has been great behind Kluber, with a 3.98 ERA and 1.106 WHIP. Behind him, Trevor Bauer has been even better. He sports a 2.61 ERA, 10.7 K/9 and a 0.5 HR/9 rate.

At the bottom end of the rotation, Mike Clevinger has been great for two reasons. He has some serious lettuce for hair. But, on a more serious note, he’s pitched extremely well, giving the Indians’ some serious production from the bottom.

He’s thrown to a 3.14 ERA and 145 ERA+ with a complete game shutout to boot.

Clevelands 3.46 starting rotation ERA ranks as the sixth-best in the game. Their 342 strikeouts are the fourth most amongst MLB rotations. They’ve walked the third lowest number of batters in all of the game (85).

Collectively, they’ve pitched 355 innings. That’s the second best number in the MLB. behind only the absurd Houston Astros staff.

It’s been a frustrating year for the Indians, but their pitching has done more than enough.