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Clayton Richard | Starting Pitcher | #3

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Clayton Richard was tagged for eight runs -- six earned -- in five innings by the Dodgers on Wednesday.
The money is pretty much irrelevant, but we still don't see why the Padres felt the need to commit to Richard for two more years in signing him to an extension last week. He finishes 2017 -- his first full year in a rotation since 2012 -- 8-15 with a 4.79 ERA. He's a decent enough fallback, but it's a problem if the Padres don't have five better options for their rotation next April. Sep 28 - 1:14 AM

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Clayton Richard was outstanding in Thursday's victory over the Rockies, racking up eight strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

The veteran southpaw scattered seven hits and a walk in the contest. He immediately rewarded the Padres for their faith in him after inking a two-year contract extension on Tuesday. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP when he wraps up his season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Sep 22 - 12:59 AM

Padres signed LHP Clayton Richard to a two-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal have not been announced. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the extension. Richard has been an innings-eater for the Padres in 2017, and has posted a 4.82 ERA with 138 strikeouts in 185 innings. Those numbers aren't spectacular, but they're serviceable, and he could have some trade value next summer with his ability to limit self-inflicted damage.
Sep 20 - 7:04 PM

Clayton Richard was terrific in Thursday's victory over the Cardinals, scattering five hits over six scoreless frames.

Richard punched out five on the evening while walking just one. The veteran southpaw was able to keep the Cardinals' offense off-balance all night, avoiding so much as a serious scoring threat. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.78 ERA and 1.51 WHIP when he does battle against the Rockies in Colorado on Friday.
Sep 8 - 12:17 AM

Clayton Richard allowed three runs in six innings and had to settle for a no-decision against the Dodgers on Saturday.

He was in line for a win until closer Brad Hand blew the lead in the ninth inning. Richard struck out four batters, walked three and surrendered eight knocks -- including a solo homer by Cody Bellinger. Richard's record holds at 6-13 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 28 starts.
Sep 2 - 7:40 PM

Clayton Richard surrendered five earned runs over seven-plus innings Sunday in a loss to the Marlins.

Richard helped his own cause with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth and the game was tied 2-2 leading into the bottom of the eighth, when Dee Gordon singled, Giancarlo Stanton cranked a two-run shot, and Christian Yelich hit a Little League home run -- officially ruled a triple. Richard was pulled at that point and the Padres couldn't mount a comeback in the top of the ninth. The 33-year-old left-hander is now 6-13 on the season with a 4.96 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.
Aug 27 - 3:49 PM

Clayton Richard was hurt by the home run ball Tuesday in St. Louis, serving up three in a no-decision in the Padres' 12-4 win.

Richard cruised through the first three innings, but Jedd Gyorko swatted a two-out, two-run homer and then Stephen Piscotty went back-to-back with a blast of his own. The lefty then served up a game-tying dinger to Yadier Molina in the sixth and was lifted. Richard has been victimized often by homer this season, but he actually entered Tuesday’s outing having not given up any in his previous three starts. He’ll get the Marlins in Miami on Sunday.
Aug 23 - 12:28 AM

Clayton Richard twirled a three-hit shutout Wednesday in a win over the Phillies.

Richard was money all day, recording six strikeouts and only one walk while throwing 72 of his 114 pitches for strikes. He finished strong by retiring the last 10 batters he faced after yielding a two-out walk to Tommy Joseph in the sixth inning. Wednesday was Richard’s second complete game of the season and his first shutout. He’ll take a 4.84 ERA into his next outing Tuesday at St. Louis.
Aug 16 - 9:03 PM

Clayton Richard allowed three earned runs with eight hits and four walks over six innings in a no-decision Friday against the Dodgers.

Richard threw 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes to hold down the top-ranked offense in the National League. He has back-to-back quality starts for just the third time this season, but Richard is still searching for his first victory since June 13. He faces a favorable matchup at home on Wednesday when the Phillies pay a visit.
Aug 12 - 3:50 AM

Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday, surrendering four runs (zero earned) on five hits across six innings.

Richard punched out five on the afternoon while walking just one. His defense did him no favors with a costly error in the third inning that led to all four runs against him being unearned. He'll look to further improve upon his troublesome 5.17 ERA and 1.58 WHIP when he does battle against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday.
Aug 6 - 5:53 PM

Clayton Richard pitched decently in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, giving up four runs on seven hits in his six innings of work.

The veteran southpaw struck out five on the afternoon while walking two. He surrendered a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning, then shut the Pirates down until they scratched out three runs in his final frame. He'll carry a disappointing 5.40 ERA and 1.61 WHIP into a rematch against these same Pirates on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Jul 30 - 7:47 PM

Clayton Richard allowed five earned runs, 12 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over eight innings in a loss against the Mets.

Richard overcame some early shakiness to go deep into the game, eventually racking up 123 pitches. His biggest mistake was a solo homer to Wilmer Flores in the second inning. He allowed just two runs over his final five frames. His next scheduled outing is set for Sunday against the Pirates opposite Gerrit Cole.
Jul 25 - 5:07 AM

Clayton Richard was rocked in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering 11 runs on 14 hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Oh dear goodness. The Rockies scored in all four innings Richard was on the mound, posting three runs in the first inning, one in the second and two in the third before blowing the game open with six runs (five on Richard's line) in the fourth. Those 11 total runs allowed tied a team record. The terrible outing also predictably did a number on his ERA, jumping it from 4.75 to 5.43. He will try for sharper results in a home start against the Mets next time out -- it can't get much worse.
Jul 19 - 6:45 PM

Clayton Richard allowed a lone run over six innings before a rain delay forced his premature exit, leaving him with a no-decision Friday against the Phillies.

It wasn't only the rain that spoiled Richard's gem -- reliever Phil Maton, who came on after the southpaw's exit, promptly gave up two runs to surrender Richard's lead. It didn't take away from the strong start, though, as Richard gave up only a solo homer over his six innings of work. The good showing leaves the 33-year-old with a 5-8 record, 4.66 ERA and 1.48 WHIP heading into next week's All-Star break.
Jul 8 - 1:16 AM

Clayton Richard was roughed up by the Dodgers on Friday, surrendering seven runs in four innings.

Richard has done his job as a placeholder for the Padres, going 5-8 with a 4.85 ERA in 17 starts. Ideally, he'd become obsolete at some point during the season half.
Jul 1 - 1:48 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Austin Hedges
2Luis Torrens
3Rocky Gale
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Carlos Asuaje
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Chase Headley
2Cory Spangenberg
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Jose Pirela
2Matt Szczur
3Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Richard
2Dinelson Lamet
3Luis Perdomo
4Robbie Erlin
5Colin Rea
6Bryan Mitchell
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Phil Maton
4Carter Capps
5Jose Torres
6Miguel Diaz
7Matt Strahm
8Travis Wood
9Buddy Baumann
10Colten Brewer
11Jose Castillo
12Kyle McGrath
13Brad Wieck
14Jonathan Aro