Mike Clevinger Could Change Fantasy Baseball Outlook After Activation From IL

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
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There's a chance that one of the most important players affecting the 2019 fantasy baseball season has only pitched in two games so far this year.

With Cleveland Indians' pitcher Mike Clevinger set to return tonight against the Texas Rangers, one of the better starters in baseball should be back in your lineup and provide a big lift to his fantasy owners.

Although it may have been a small sample size, Clevinger looked absolutely filthy in his two starts this season. He posted a 1-0 record with 22 strikeouts while allowing zero runs in 12 innings pitched. He only surrendered two combined hits – one in each start – and appeared to have taken his game to the next level.

While Clevinger's career numbers are good (29-17 record, 3.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), fantasy owners are surely hoping that what they saw from him earlier this season is the version they'll have on their roster for the rest of the year.

Already locked in as a must-start pitcher, Clevinger could be a fantasy difference maker if he pitches anywhere close to the way he did in his first two starts this season. Clevinger needs to be inserted into all fantasy lineups immediately, and if you're in one of those 5 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues that he is somehow still available in, make the right-hander a priority add of the waiver wire.

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