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MIKE CLEVINGER MIGHT MISS PLAYOFFS

Hours before the trade deadline on August 31st, the Padres made a blockbuster move for ace Mike Clevinger. They acquired him to finish out the season strong and lead them through the postseason. Unfortunately, he may not be able to complete this as his postseason is currently in question. The Padres are not a question, as they have locked their place in, but Mike Clevinger made what was going to be his last start of the regular season a short one, when he threw just one inning.

He was pulled with a bicep injury. Clevinger also missed his last start due to bicep tightness. After tonight, he has an MRI scheduled. The hope is a minor injury, but it currently looks like it could be tendinitis. This would for sure keep Clevinger out of the postseason, as it is almost impossible to pitch with tendinitis.

Clevinger has been spectacular this year. He is 3-2 this year in seven games with a 3.10 ERA. He also has 38 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work. While he has no awards to his name yet, he has certainly made his case. His problem so far was that he was stuck on pitching staffs with even more dominant pitchers. Already in his career he was stuck behind former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and most likely a future Cy Young Award winner in Shane Bieber. Even in San Diego, he is surrounded by excellent pitchers. It doesn't matter how great your pitchers are though, there is always room for a guy like Clevinger, especially in the postseason.
JIMMY BERRY
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020  (9H31)