Mike Clevinger Easing His Way Back Into Form

Diamondbacks vs. Padres pitching analysis for Wednesday

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in San Diego taking on the Padres on Wednesday afternoon, and we have our daily pitching profile all set and ready to go on the two starters in the game. It should be an interesting one as Madison Bumgarner and Mike Clevinger do battle, two pitchers that have a very similar profile so far this season. Let's analyze this pitching matchup and maybe find the best bet we can make on the game based off of what we come up with.

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Madison Bumgarner, or MadBum as fans love to call him, will be taking the mound for the Diamondbacks Wednesday. He's not quite the dominant pitcher he once was when he was dealing no-hitters and winning championships in San Francisco as their ace, but his numbers this year have been respectable. His record is poor, starting out the year 3-6 is not something anyone wants to do, but he actually hasn't been as bad as that record might indicate. In his last start against the Minnesota Twins, Bumgarner allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings, picking up the win. Nine hits was his season high allowed, but he was able to limit the damage throughout the game and strand guys on base. He had been on a four-game losing streak prior to this win, so it must have been a relief to finally feel what a W is like again. As I said before, it isn't because his numbers are bad that he hasn't been able to win games. Bumgarner owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 48:23 K:BB across 70.1 innings of work in 14 starts.

The Padres will send Clevinger to the hill in this game against the Diamondbacks, and he is still trying to get back in his groove after missing an extended period of time following Tommy John surgery. That comeback was hindered even further after he was sent to the COVID-19 injured list back on June 11. It has been a long road and journey back for the 31-year-old pitcher, who was traded from the then Cleveland Indians to the Padres in 2020. When the Padres acquired Clevinger at the trade deadline, they figured to be securing an ace for the foreseeable future, but instead got a pitcher who has not been able to stay healthy. But now, Clevinger has begun to pitch again. He worked in relief in his first outing back from the COVID-19 injured list, giving up two runs on five hits across two innings of work against the Rockies last week. However, it is clear that San Diego wants him starting as soon as possible, so he will get the start Wednesday. In just 19 innings of work this season, Clevinger owns a 3.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and a 22:7 K:BB.

This is a tough one to bet, especially for the uncertainty we get with Clevinger. I'd refer to what BetQL has going on here for this one, but the Padres first five may be a play with how Bumgarner last faired against them. He allowed four walks in just three innings, but again was able to limit the damage to just one run. That eventually will come back to bite him.

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