Mike Clevinger
Mike Clevinger
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Clevinger avoided the sophomore slump in 2018 by not being a sophomore. He quietly exceeded his rookie eligibility in 2016. Last season was a nice step forward for Clevinger as he showed more command of his pitches than he had the previous two seasons and got to the 200-inning mark in just his third season in the majors. Although advanced pitch metrics show that all four of Clevinger's pitchers were better than average, he does struggle more against lefties who had 13 of the 21 homers against him last year and slugged 84 points better against than their right-handed teammates. Clevinger had a 31% increase in his workload from 2017 to 2018 (when including postseason work), but at age 28, that should not be as much of an issue as it is for other younger pitchers. Back-to-back seasons of stranding 80% of his runners is fortune rarely enjoyed by a starter, so factor in some ERA regression this season and you'll be fine. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Strikes out nine in loss
PCleveland Indians
October 8, 2018
Clevinger started Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday. He went five innings and gave up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out nine in a no-decision.
While the Indians' season may have ended Monday, it was through no fault of Clevinger's. He pitched excellently, with the sole blemish coming via a solo home run by George Springer. Clevinger will enter 2019 with a spot in a good Cleveland rotation.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .232 707 163 76 145 33 3 22
Since 2016vs Right .214 838 231 80 161 41 0 20
2018vs Left .234 410 90 42 85 18 3 13
2018vs Right .211 400 117 25 79 18 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
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2016Home 3.40 1.26 193.1 14 7 0 9.6 3.5 1.1
Since 2016Away 3.33 1.20 181.1 14 10 0 9.3 4.0 0.9
2018Home 3.14 1.16 106.0 7 3 0 9.7 2.5 1.0
2018Away 2.87 1.15 94.0 6 5 0 8.9 3.6 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Throws strong outing Friday
PCleveland Indians
September 28, 2018
Clevinger (13-8) earned the win against the Royals on Friday, allowing one earned run on three hits and no walks over 6.2 innings while striking out five.
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Fans six in no-decision
PCleveland Indians
September 23, 2018
Clevinger didn't factor into the decision during Saturday's 5-4 extra-innings win over the Red Sox, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks over five innings while striking out six.
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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.
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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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