Taking the Next Step: What to Expect This Season From Mike Clevinger

Opening Day is almost here and right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger has already etched his name into the starting rotation for the Tribe.

Due to injury, Danny Salazar didn’t crack the starting rotation for the Cleveland Indians this spring. This gives Clevinger a huge opportunity to solidify his role in the lineup as the season progresses. If he pitches well, which he is capable of, he will likely remain a starter.

Last season, the 27-year-old Clevinger posted a 12-6 record with a 3.11 ERA. Moving forward into the 2018 campaign, Clevinger will be the fourth starter behind Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. Josh Tomlin will likely be the fifth starter.

So, what exactly can we expect from “The Flow,” Mike Clevinger?

Terry Francona says it best, “We’re looking for Clev to have a big year. He’s strong, and he should be able to be that innings-eater type pitcher.”

It’s hard to disagree with that logic. Last season, we saw that Clevinger had the ability to get red hot fast. However, it seemed as if he was streaky at times. This season, expect him to gain confidence and settle in as a steady starting pitcher in the MLB.



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