Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Corey Kluber. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Chaim Bloom was better off taking that $10 million dollars of John Henry’s money he gave to Corey Kluber and flushed it down the toilet.

— Thomas Carrieri (@Thomas_Carrieri) June 9, 2023

Corey Kluber has to be DFA’d after tonight’s performance. He just has to.

The bad thing is… the depth in the Red Sox farm is so abysmal that they don’t have anyone else good enough to fill his role.

Wasn’t Chaim Bloom supposed to help fix this?

— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) June 9, 2023

Boston hasn’t featured a pitcher tonight who should be on the roster.

Matt Dermody never deserved this start. Corey Kluber’s contract is on track to be one of the worst Chaim Bloom has offered.

The Red Sox are going nowhere good.

— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) June 9, 2023

Corey Kluber should be boarding a commercial plane tonight, and not the charter.

But Chaim ain’t that smart.

— Bastards of Boston Baseball (@Bastards_Boston) June 9, 2023

What did Corey Kluber ever do to Alex Cora? Embarrassing him in front of his former hometown fans. It’s tough to watch.

— Chris AssenheimerC-T (@CAwesomeheimer) June 9, 2023

Jesus Christ Alex Cora have a heart. Get Kluber out of there

— Al Ciammaichella 🇺🇦 (@Gotribe31) June 9, 2023

This is probably just me being a homer. It is disrespectful of Cora to leave a veteran with the reputation of a Corey Kluber when he clears doesn’t have it in the game when he’s getting shelled this badly. It’s not like they completely burned their bullpen.

— Matt Dallas (@Mdallas27) June 9, 2023

What Cora is doing to Kluber, in Cleveland of all places, is not cool. #ForTheLand

— T.D. (@TDGuardiansKU) June 9, 2023

I’ve gone from being angry about Corey Kluber’s performance a few weeks ago to now just feeling bad for the guy. It’s gotta be an awful feeling to have two Cy Young awards in your trophy case to now having to go out there trying to compete with nothing left in the tank.

— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 9, 2023

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.

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