Mike Clevinger
Mike Clevinger
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Clevinger would be a first rounder if hair were a scoring category as he has a magical mane. What he does not have is consistent command as it comes and goes from game to game. There were times in 2017 when he looked dominating in outings and there were times he could not complete five innings due to high pitch counts and an inability to find the strike zone (4.4 BB/9). Clevinger has his flaws, but it is tough to overlook his potential as he strikes out 10 per nine innings and holds batters to a low batting average (.210), thus largely offsetting the free passes he is fond of handing out. His ERA was lower than it should have been as he stranded 79.7 percent of his runners, which is tough for a starting pitcher to do. He should be in the Cleveland rotation in 2018, so bank on wins, strikeouts and some WHIP help while keeping your fingers crossed that the ERA does not get too close to 4.00. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Tosses six scoreless innings
PCleveland Indians
September 15, 2018
Clevinger (12-8) earned the win against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing one hit over six scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked three.
ANALYSIS
The Indians scored 15 runs over the first four innings and Clevinger shut down the Tigers to earn the easy victory. The 27-year-old has thrown six straight quality starts and is next expected to take the mound Friday against the Red Sox.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .236 681 156 73 142 32 3 20
Since 2016vs Right .215 817 227 78 158 40 0 20
2018vs Left .240 384 83 39 82 17 3 11
2018vs Right .214 379 113 23 76 17 0 8
2017vs Left .257 194 50 22 44 13 0 8
2017vs Right .180 308 87 38 48 12 0 5
2016vs Left .178 103 23 12 16 2 0 1
2016vs Right .301 130 27 17 34 11 0 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
2018
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-35%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.39 1.25 188.1 14 7 0 9.6 3.4 1.1
Since 2016Away 3.40 1.23 174.2 13 10 0 9.4 4.1 0.9
2018Home 3.12 1.14 101.0 7 3 0 9.6 2.1 0.9
2018Away 2.99 1.20 87.1 5 5 0 9.1 3.9 0.9
2017Home 3.79 1.35 59.1 5 3 0 10.3 4.2 1.5
2017Away 2.45 1.16 62.1 7 3 0 10.0 4.6 0.4
2016Home 3.54 1.46 28.0 2 1 0 8.0 6.1 0.6
2016Away 7.20 1.52 25.0 1 2 0 9.0 3.6 2.2
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Stat Review
How does Mike Clevinger compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.16
 
K/9
9.4
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.6 mph
 
ERA
3.06
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.293
 
GB/FB
1.21
 
Strand %
77.6%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Clevinger looks like a Jacob deGrom starter kit, though he didn't quite pitch like one in a 53-inning debut sample. He has the 93-95 mph heater and three secondary pitches, but he leans on the slider and changeup while the curveball is more of a show-me pitch. The right-hander struggled a bit the third time through the lineup like most young arms. He also started slow so he really only found success in the third and fourth innings of his starts. He was also solid in 12 innings of relief. He needs to figure out righties again if he's going to find success similar to his minor league track record (3.41 ERA, 2.8 K/BB). Homers were his undoing, almost exclusively because of a lack of fastball command. He yielded too many walks with it to righties and lefties, but righties had a 600-point better OPS with five homers in 75 plate appearances. In summation: Clevinger has some common young-arm issues, but enough raw stuff to stay firmly on the radar.
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Suffers eighth loss
PCleveland Indians
September 9, 2018
Clevinger (11-8) took the loss Sunday despite a quality start, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings against the Blue Jays.
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Fans 10 Royals
PCleveland Indians
September 4, 2018
Clevinger (11-7) gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in Tuesday's win against the Royals.
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Secures 10th victory, fans nine
PCleveland Indians
August 30, 2018
Clevinger (10-7) allowed two runs (zero earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out nine across 6.2 innings as he notched the win Thursday against the Indians.
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Strikes out eight in no-decision
PCleveland Indians
August 25, 2018
Clevinger struck out eight and walked two in six innings Friday against the Royals, allowing three runs on four hits in a no-decision.
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Picks up ninth win
PCleveland Indians
August 19, 2018
Clevinger (9-7) threw six shutout innings Sunday against the Orioles, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. He picked up the win.
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