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Mike Clevinger was a legitimate upper-tier fantasy starter between 2018-20, registering a combined 2.91 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 416 strikeouts in 367.2 innings (61 starts) between Cleveland and San Diego. Then came a run of injuries, including Tommy John elbow surgery, and now he's only a semi-attractive streaming consideration in standard mixed leagues as he enters his age-33 campaign. Clevinger was posting strikeout percentages in the 27-33 range at his peak, but that number finished at 18.8 percent in 2022 and 20.0 percent in 2023. His fastball did come back to life a bit last year in Chicago and he put up a respectable 3.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 24 outings, but the right-hander struggles with durability, doesn't miss enough bats and is too prone to blowups at this point in his career.

Fantasy Stats

Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Innings Pitched
Base on Balls (Walk)
Earned Run Average
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
2024 0.00 0.00
2023 27211.3 131.3 9 9 110 40 3.77 1.23
2022 218.59.5 114.3 7 7 91 35 4.33 1.20
3y Avg. 162.510.2 82.0 5 5 67 25 4.06 1.21
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Season debut expected around May 1

    White Sox general manager Chris Getz said Thursday that he expects Clevinger to make his season debut around May 1, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Clevinger's one-year, $3 million contract became official Thursday, and he was optioned to the rookie-level Arizona Complex League to get ramped up before appearing in a major-league game. The White Sox have been using four starters up to this point in the season, and that trend might continue until Clevinger is ready, with the club perhaps opting for some bullpen games when necessary. Clevinger posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 110:40 K:BB over 131.1 innings last season.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Stays with South Siders

    Clevinger agreed to a one-year contract with the White Sox on Monday, Robert Murray of reports. After dealing away Dylan Cease to the Padres late in spring training, the White Sox had been in touch with Clevinger and were able to finalize a deal to bring him back to Chicago for a second season and fill the final spot in the rotation. While making 24 starts for the White Sox in 2023, the 33-year-old right-hander posted a 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 110:40 K:BB over 131.1 innings last season. Because he hadn't been participating in spring training and was going through a throwing progression at his home prior to striking a deal with Chicago, Clevinger will presumably require a ramp-up period and may not be ready to make his season debut for another week or two.
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  • Mike Clevinger: ChiSox mulling reunion

    The White Sox are having internal discussions about signing Clevinger, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The White Sox are also reportedly in on Michael Lorenzen as they seek much-needed rotation reinforcements following the trade of Dylan Cease and move of Michael Kopech to the bullpen. Clevinger had a solid 2023 campaign with the White Sox, holding a 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 110:40 K:BB over 131.1 innings.
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  • Mike Clevinger: Declines mutual option

    Clevinger declined his $12 million mutual option withe the White Sox for 2024 on Friday. After posting a 3.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 131.1 innings in 24 starts, Clevinger will take a $4 million buyout and enter the open market. Clevinger turns 33 in December and will likely have a handful of suitors to choose from in the offseason.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Destroyed by San Diego

    Clevinger (9-9) took the loss Saturday, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks over 1.2 innings against the Padres. He struck out two. Clevinger hadn't allowed more than six hits or two earned runs in any of his previous four starts, but he yielded four runs in the first frame and two more in the second Saturday as he delivered his shortest outing of the season. The 32-year-old hurler had been on quite the run since returning from a bicep injury July 29, posting a 6-4 record with a 2.96 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 55:12 K:BB across 67 innings. However, Saturday's dud increased Clevinger's season-long ERA from 3.40 to 3.77 to go with a 1.23 WHIP and 110:40 K:BB across 131.1 innings - his biggest workload since 2018.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Earns win in rain-shortened outing

    Clevinger (9-8) earned the win Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings against the Red Sox. He didn't record a strikeout. While he failed to log a strikeout Sunday, Clevinger held the Red Sox to just two runs on a pair of solo homers, earning the win in a rain-shortened affair. The 32-year-old Clevinger has been pitching well recently, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his last four outings with a 1.61 ERA in that span (28 innings). He'll carry a 3.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 108 strikeouts into his final start this season, currently scheduled for next weekend against San Diego.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Tosses complete game

    Clevinger (8-8) allowed one run on six hits over nine innings Monday, striking out seven and earning a victory over Washington. Clevinger was one out away from a shutout but served up a solo shot to Dominic Smith. Since getting tagged with eight runs by the Tigers on Sep. 2, Clevinger has allowed just two runs over his last 22 innings. He's recorded a 21:0 K:BB while lowering his season ERA from 3.90 to 3.42 during that span. Clevinger is currently projected to start in Boston this weekend.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Possible waiver wire pickups

    I didn't include Clevinger in my 15 Pickups for Championship Week, but maybe I should have given how he performed Wednesday against the Royals, striking out seven while allowing just two earned runs in six innings. The deeper you dig, the more impressive it looks. He had 12 swinging strikes on just 82 pitches. His average exit velocity was just 79.7 mph. More importantly, it was his third start in four of that caliber, yielding a combined 1.35 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 10.8 K/9 with an 18 percent swinging-strike rate. Awesome stuff! Here's the rub: the one bad start during that four-start stretch was an eight-run, 12-hit disaster. So can we really trust him over the final two weeks? Well, he lines up for two starts next week, the first being against the Nationals. There's risk for sure, but the occasional eight-run implosion has been standard fare among the starting pitcher ranks this year.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Takes loss in quality start

    Clevinger (7-8) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven without walking a batter over six innings, but he took the loss Wednesday versus the Royals. Clevinger limited the damage to a two-run home run from Michael Massey in the second inning. That was enough for the loss, as the White Sox were defeated 7-1. Clevinger has gone at least seven innings in four of his last six starts, allowing just three runs in those games, though he's given up 12 runs over nine innings in the two poorer outings in that span. The right-hander now has a 3.61 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 101:38 K:BB through 114.2 innings over 21 starts this season. He's projected for a road start versus the Nationals next week.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Rebounds against Tigers

    Clevinger (7-7) earned the win Friday, allowing three hits and zero walks over seven scoreless innings against Detroit. He struck out seven. Clevinger's one bit of trouble came in the second inning, when he allowed an infield single and a double sandwiched around a double play. He only allowed a single and a hit batter the rest of the way. This was a nice rebound from last weekend's matchup with the Tigers in which he allowed eight runs over four innings. He had been posting strong numbers from the start of June through August, allowing only 12 runs in 50.1 innings (2.15 ERA). Clevinger will take a 3.64 ERA into his next outing, likely to take place in a mid-week matchup at home against Kansas City.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Allows eight earned runs

    Clevinger (6-7) took the loss Saturday, allowing eight runs on 12 hits over four innings against Detroit. He struck out two and didn't issue a walk. Clevinger's first start since clearing waivers was undoubtedly his worst of the season, as the right-hander surrendered 12 hits and eight earned runs to a Detroit offense that ranks 29th in OPS across MLB. In his six previous starts after returning from injury, the 32-year-old posted a 2.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 32:12 K:BB across 35 innings. After Saturday's dreadful outing, Clevinger's season-long ERA jumped from 3.32 to 3.90. He'll look to get back on track in his next start, which is slated to be a rematch with the Tigers next week.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Clears waivers

    Clevinger cleared waivers and will remain with the White Sox, Jesse Rogers of reports. Clevinger has pitched pretty well since returning from a biceps injury a month ago, but contenders still didn't view him as enough of an upgrade to justify adding his salary. The right-hander remains on track to start this weekend against the Tigers.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Placed on waivers

    The White Sox placed Clevinger on waivers Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Clevinger has been solid through 18 starts for the White Sox this season, posting a 3.32 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 97.2 innings. However, the White Sox will pass him through waivers -- likely in an effort to save money -- and Clevinger can now be picked up by any team looking to add to their rotation ahead of the postseason.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Excellent against Oakland

    Clevinger (6-6) allowed a run on one hit and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings to earn the win Sunday over the Athletics. This was the second time in three starts Clevinger has gone seven innings. He's walked eight batters and struck out 21 while allowing five runs over 19 innings in that span. The right-hander is now at a 3.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 85:38 K:BB through 97.2 innings across 18 starts this season. Clevinger is projected to make his next start at home versus the Tigers.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Shaky control in Tuesday's loss

    Clevinger (5-6) took the loss Tuesday, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks over five innings as the White Sox fell 6-3 to the Mariners. He struck out four. The veteran right-hander also plunked a batter and uncorked a wild pitch, and he managed only nine swinging strikes among his 97 pitches. Clevinger saw his brief quality start streak end at two, but his 4.5 BB/9 over his last three outings suggests his luck was due to run out. Even so, he sports a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP since coming off the injured list in late July, and he's served up just two homers in 28 innings over that stretch. He'll try to get back on track in his next start, likely to come at home this weekend against the A's.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Let down by bullpen Wednesday

    Clevinger settled for a no-decision against the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters over seven scoreless innings. Clevinger was dominant in the outing, holding the crosstown rivals without an extra-base hit in a season-high seven frames. He departed with a a three-run lead but lost his chance at a victory when the White Sox's bullpen gave up three ninth-inning runs. Clevinger nonetheless finished with his second consecutive quality start, and he's allowed just one run while posting a 13:5 K:BB over 13 frames during that stretch. The veteran will look to keep rolling in his next matchup, which is projected to come at home against Seattle.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Blanks Guardians in return

    Clevinger (4-4) picked up the win Saturday, scattering two hits over five scoreless innings in a 7-2 victory over the Guardians. He struck out three without walking a batter. Making his first start since June 14, Clevinger was sharp in his return from bicep inflammation, retiring 10 straight batters at one point and not letting any Cleveland runners get into scoring position. The 32-year-old right-hander got the hook after 72 pitches (53 strikes), and the early exit may have had less to do with his workload and more that the White Sox were concerned a late fade would hurt his market value. Clevinger's next outing could well come in another uniform as Chicago ships out veterans and expiring contracts ahead of the trade deadline.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Activated ahead of Saturday's start

    Clevinger (biceps) was activated from the 15-day injured list ahead of his start Saturday against the Guardians. He did not go on a rehab assignment and will look to impress potential trade suitors ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Most recently, Clevinger completed a four-inning simulated game, so he could go deep enough to qualify for the win. The 32-year-old righty has a 3.88 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 62.2 innings this season.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Slated to return Saturday

    Clevinger (biceps) will be activated from the 15-day injured list to start Saturday's game against the Guardians, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Clevinger cleared the final hurdle in his rehab program with a four-inning simulated game Monday and has recovered without any issues. He'll skip a minor-league rehab assignment and rejoin the Chicago rotation right away despite missing more than six weeks of action with right biceps inflammation.
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  • White Sox's Mike Clevinger: Sixty pitches in next session

    White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said Thursday that Clevinger (biceps) will get up to 60 pitches in his next throwing session, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Grifol didn't divulge when or where it will take place, but it will be on the heels of a three-up, three-down bullpen session Wednesday during which the manager said Clevinger "felt good and he looked good." Theoretically, the 60-pitch session could be Clevinger's final test before he rejoins Chicago's rotation, although the team has not confirmed as much.
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