Clayton Richard
P SD
2 weeks ago

Richard is a possibility to make the Padres' Opening Day start, according to manager Andy Green, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Of course, Green also added Jhoulys Chacin, Jered Weaver and "others" to the mix, per Cassavell, again proving this is an unattractive fantasy situation. The soft-tossing Richard hardly has the skills to make up for his lack of strikeouts. No Padres starting pitcher stands out as a must-draft option in mixed leagues, though NL-only drafters can take a guarded, cheap chance on them.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 weeks ago

Richard (finger) returned to the mound and was hammered by the Indians to the tune of six runs on eight hits in his lone inning of work.

EDGE Analysis

Cleveland bats jumped on Richard early and often, knocking him out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. Sure, it is spring training and stats do not count, but for a pitcher like Richard, fantasy owners in deep leagues would like to see some sort of success before buying any stock in the the 33-year-old. While he didn't say so, his injured finger could have played a role in dismal performance. The Padres have already declared Richard as a part of their starting rotation, but he won't start the year on many fantasy teams, especially after Sunday's shellacking.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 weeks ago

Richard (finger) threw a bullpen Thursday and could be ready for exhibition games as early as next week, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran lefty fouled a ball off his finger early in spring training, but has been progressing well and tossed another bullpen session Thursday. Provided that he continues at his current pace, Cassavell reports that he could be back on a mound in a game in the coming days. Richard posted a strong 3.33 ERA across 67.2 innings in 2016, but his 4.18 FIP and low velocity suggest some regression could be on the horizon for the 33-year-old.

Clayton Richard
P SD
4 weeks ago

Richard (finger) threw a bullpen session Saturday, his first since fouling a ball off his finger, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

X-rays came back negative after the incident and Richards will likely return to normal pitching activities this coming week. It's good news nonetheless for the Padres, as Richard is set to take a top spot in the starting rotation this season. Expect additional updates as his recovery progresses.

Clayton Richard
P SD
1 month ago

Richard fouled a bunted ball off the top of his finger, but X-rays came back negative, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richard will probably rest a bit but could throw if he feels OK. He's set to occupy one of the top spots in the Padres' highly questionable rotation and, by default, will occupy a spot on NL-only fantasy radars. It's difficult to ignore that 2.41 ERA in 52.1 innings as a starter last year, though that'll be tough to repeat.

Clayton Richard
P SD
1 month ago

Manager Andy green revealed Tuesday that the Padres re-signed Richard to serve as a starter, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Padres have one of the worst starting rotations entering 2017, and Green said only two people have spots in the rotation thus far, with Richard being one of them. He posted a 2.52 ERA in nine starts and two relief appearances with San Diego last season and could find himself as the Opening Day starter depending on his spring.

Clayton Richard
P SD
3 months ago

Richard re-signed with the Padres on a one-year contract Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 33-year-old's time with the Cubs in 2016 was disastrous, but he really turned things around upon a move to San Diego, posting a 2.52 ERA across nine starts and two relief appearances. Given the inexperience in their starting pitching ranks the way things stand now, Richard seems to be a likely candidate to garner one of the top spots in the Padres rotation until some of their younger options are ready for primetime.

Clayton Richard
P SD
6 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
6 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
6 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.