Clayton Richard
P SD
2 months ago

Richard took a no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with one strikeout in six innings during Sunday's victory over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Richard notched his second straight quality start despite managing just one strikeout -- his lowest total in a start this year. The 33-year-old doesn't miss many bats with a career 5.6 K/9 entering Sunday, but that hasn't stopped him from posting a 2.01 ERA in 49.1 innings since signing with San Diego on August 6. Richard has succeeded in large part due to his elite ground ball rate, which has resulted in just one home run allowed over his previous seven starts. He'll finish out the season on the road against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 months ago

Richard (3-3) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts over 6.1 innings to earn the win Monday over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Richard continues to keep hitters off balance despite his middling stuff. He induced just six swinging strikes Monday night, but he used 13 groundouts to keep runners off the bases. Richard owns a 2.98 ERA, and while that's unlikely to be sustainable, Petco Park is the best possible venue for his pitch-to-contact skillset.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 months ago

Richard allowed three runs on 11 hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday night against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Despite allowing a season high in hits, Richard managed to keep the floodgates from bursting. Luckily for him, just two of those hits came with runners in scoring position, allowing him to keep his streak of six starts with three or fewer runs allowed intact. Richard has a ridiculous 1.04 ERA and a decent 27:13 K:BB in 35 innings since moving to the Padres rotation. Expect some regression, but the 33-year-old has pitched like a solid mid-rotation pitcher in his chance this season.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 months ago

Richard (2-3) spun seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts, six hits and two walks in Thursday's rout of the Rockies at Coors Field.

EDGE Analysis

Despite Richard's recent success, many fantasy owners had to be looking to Rockies hitters Thursday night, only to be shockingly disappointed as the typically hittable lefty turned in his best start in a long, ling time. It's time for owners in deep formats to start taking Richard seriously -- he's given up only three earned runs in his last 31 innings (0.87 ERA), although his 25:12 K:BB in that span is less than elite. There's a lot of risk here, though, so don't count on him to keep up this ridiculous pace.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 months ago

Richard threw five innings of one-run ball Friday versus the Dodgers, striking out four and walking just one. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Richard scattered 10 baserunners during Friday's start, but he escaped further damage by allowing just one extra-base hit and stranding nine men. He was pulled after throwing 82 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes, and he lowered his ERA to 3.29 for the season. He has been strong over his last four starts, posting a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings over that span, and he will have the opportunity to build on his recent success Thursday versus the Rockies.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 months ago

Richard (1-3) threw seven shutout inning in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins on Saturday. He also struck out three and walked one.

EDGE Analysis

Base runners were aboard most of the night, and he only struck out a handful of hitters, but Richard stranded seven base runners to preserve the 1-0 victory. He also retired the final seven batters he faced. Richard has appeared in 30 games, three of which as a starter since coming to San Diego from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. With the Padres, he is 1-2 with a 1.40 ERA, 1.241 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

Clayton Richard
P SD
4 months ago

Richard (0-2) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Both runs scored on solo shots by Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker, but with Steven Matz talking a no-hitter into the eighth inning any runs Richard gave up would have been too many. The veteran lefty lasted 74 pitches after throwing just 26 in his last appearance, so look for the Padres to give him a longer leash if they can in his next start Saturday at home against the Diamondbacks.

Clayton Richard
P SD
4 months ago

Richard will join the Padres' rotation and start Sunday's game at Citi Field, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Padres will go with a six-man rotation for at least a couple weeks with Richard slotting in to help ease the workload on the other five starters. He has not pitched more than one inning since July 12, so it would be surprising if he went deep enough into Sunday's start to qualify for a win. Equally unappealing is Richard's 6.46 ERA and 12.4 percent K-rate in 15.1 innings in the big leagues this year.

Clayton Richard
P SD
4 months ago

Richard is a candidate to be used as a sixth starter during an upcoming 16-game stretch, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Padres have a team day off Monday, but after that, begin a 16-game stretch with the first nine on the road. Richard, who was signed by the Padres on Saturday, might get a chance to claim a back-end rotation spot near the end of the stretch. He'll be used out of the bullpen in the upcoming three-game series in Pittsburgh, but after that, the team plans to rest him in case he's needed as a starter. Of course, one long, extra-inning game always risks throwing a wrench in those plans.

Clayton Richard
P SD
4 months ago

Richard was re-signed by the Padres on Saturday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richard will join the Padres bullpen after spending the past year with the Cubs. He was a member of the Padres from 2009 through 2013, but left in free agency that winter. Richard was recently DFA'd by the Cubs on July 26, after only pitching 14 innings out of the bullpen this year, allowing 10 runs with a 2.14 WHIP.