Clevinger struck out three over three scoreless frames Wednesday in the Indians' 6-1 victory over the Dodgers in his Cactus League debut. He gave up one hit (a double) and issued a walk in the outing. Facing off against a Dodgers lineup that included a good amount of projected regulars, Clevinger aced his first test of the spring. The right-hander suffered a scare in the second inning when Cody Bellinger sent a liner back to the mound, but Clevinger was able to knock the ball down with his glove hand and was cleared to continue after being evaluated by trainers. Per Mandy Bell of MLB.com, Clevinger said that he expects to remain on a normal schedule after receiving some extra treatment ahead of his next start, when he'll likely increase his pitch count.
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.
Clevinger (13-8) earned the win against the Royals on Friday, allowing one earned run, three hits and no walks over 6.2 innings while striking out five. Clevinger was in command for most of the night, and he was pulled in the seventh inning after allowing a two-out double to Ryan O'Hearn, who eventually came around to score. It took Clevinger 101 pitches to get through 6.2 innings, and he was able to reach 200 innings pitched on the season with Friday's solid outing. Assuming Friday's start was his last appearance of 2018, Clevinger will finish the season with an impressive 3.02 ERA and a 207:67 K:BB ratio over 200 innings.
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. The right-hander wasn't at his sharpest, as his control issues caused his streak of quality starts to be snapped at six, but Clevinger still gave up three runs or less for the 12th consecutive start since the All-Star break. He now has a 2.40 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 84:27 K:BB in 71.1 second-half innings. Clevinger will make one more start in the regular season when he takes the mound Friday in Kansas City.
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. 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.