The NLDS and ALDS matchups will all get underway tomorrow.
The Wild Card Series has come and gone and now we’re down to just eight teams.
One of those teams is the San Diego Padres, who just eliminated the New York Mets and will face their heated rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the NLDS.
San Diego finished 22 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West race this year, which makes them the heavy underdog in this series.
And they’ve made a bold move by choosing Mike Clevinger as their Game 1 starter, as Clevinger posted an abysmal 9.69 ERA this season against the Dodgers.
Mike Clevinger gets the ball for Game One at Dodger Stadium.
He had a 9.69 ERA against LA this season 👀 pic.twitter.com/5cl0x4G1S2
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) October 10, 2022
Padres Go With Clevinger In Game 1
Clevinger was not on the roster for the Wild Card Series, and obviously, his stats against the Dodgers are atrocious.
His stats for the regular season weren’t great either, as he went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 22 starts and 23 appearances.
But San Diego has chosen him as their Game 1 starter.
It’s a bold choice for sure.
But Clevinger is still an experienced veteran who tasted the postseason during his time with the Cleveland Guardians, so it’s not like this is foreign to him.
It is interesting though that the Padres would choose to start him against the Dodgers, who have had his number all season long.
Regardless, Clevinger will seem overmatched at first glance.
But it is still the postseason, and anything can happen in October.
Clevinger could surprise us all and pitch a gem in Game 1.
It should be a fun series between two division rivals.