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Cody Allen earns American League Reliever of the Month

A dominant stretch of pitching to begin the 2017 season earned the hard-throwing Cody Allen his first American League Reliever of the Month for April.

There was not much room for improvement after Cody Allen fired 13.2 shutout innings with 15.8 K/9 in 10 postseason appearances.

One of baseball's premier closers has defied odds yet again.

The Tribe takes pride in employing Allen in the late innings, a spot where he has thrived in another 10 relief outings this April with a 0.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 18.0 K/9 to give him a perfect 1.000 (6-for-6) save percentage and the American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.

Most notably, the 28-year-old out of High Point University stuck out half (20-of-40) the hitters he faced to become the first pitcher in MLB history to register a save and notch three strikeouts in each of his club's first two contests of the campaign.

A former 23rd round pick (698 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Allen has converted 14-of-17 save opportunities longer than one inning with a 0.77 ERA to boot. 

Allen is quickly rising in the record books as he ranks fifth in career saves in Indians history with a total of 98. As long as he stays in Cleveland, Allen could surpass Jose Mesa (104 career saves), Chris Perez (124), Doug Jones (129) and Bob Wickman (139) as one of the greatest ninth-inning arms in franchise history.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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