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Clayton Richard | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 slammed for seven runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
He struggled to find the strike zone, walking four batters and striking out only one. He gave up six hits, including a Yasmany Tomas three-run bomb that capped off a gruesome five run first inning. It was a nasty end to what has been a good season for the veteran left-hander. He has a 3.33 ERA in 67 2/3 innings spread over nine starts and 27 relief appearances. Oct 1 - 11:44 PM

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Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over six frames.

Richard also issued three walks and struck out only one on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came during a three-run rally in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Buster Posey. Inexplicably, Richard has pitched very well since rejoining the Padres, posting a 2.01 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona on the final day of the regular season.
Sep 25 - 8:45 PM

Clayton Richard yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a win over the Diamondbacks.

Richard has been a really nice stopgap for the Padres, who signed him because they didn't want to rush unready pitching prospects into their rotation this summer. He's 3-2 with a 1.87 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances for the team.
Sep 20 - 1:26 AM

Clayton Richard dodged damage throughout Tuesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering three runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The Giants peppered Richard with hits, but he mostly managed to pitch through that hail storm. Hunter Pence burned him for an RBI double in the third inning, while Angel Pagan (solo homer) and Brandon Crawford (RBI single) came through with ribbies in the fifth. For the season, Richard holds a 3.00 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 37/22 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings. He will carry those numbers into a home date with the Diamondbacks next time out.
Sep 14 - 1:46 AM

Clayton Richard painted a masterpiece in Thursday's 14-1 win over the Rockies, firing seven shutout innings.

Richard struck out eight and walked two on the evening, scattering six hits along the way. He threw 114 pitches (72 strikes) over his seven marvelous frames. The 32-year-old southpaw has been in the zone of late, having allowed just three runs over his last 25 innings. Richard will bring a 2.78 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 33/19 K/BB ratio (45 1/3 innings) into a road start against the Giants next time he takes to the mound.
Sep 9 - 1:46 AM

Clayton Richard was outstanding in Saturday's victory over the Marlins, allowing eight hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings.

Richard struck out three on the night. He wasn't completely dominant and allowed plenty of baserunners, but was able to bear down and make big pitches when he needed to and didn't allow the Marlins to mount any serious threats. The veteran southpaw will bring a 3.51 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He could be worth a look as a spot starter in deeper mixed leagues.
Aug 27 - 10:37 PM

Clayton Richard held the Diamondbacks to two hits and two unearned runs but still got hit with a loss on Saturday.

Maybe he deserved a better fate, but both unearned runs scored due to his own throwing errors. He issued three free passes and punched out five in the game. His record falls to 0-3 with a 4.44 ERA. This was his second start after pitching 27 games in relief this year. He has a scary 18/15 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.
Aug 21 - 12:09 AM

Clayton Richard turned in a serviceable effort in Sunday's loss to the Mets, yielding two solo home runs over five innings.

Richard -- whom the Padres signed to a major league contract earlier in August after the Cubs designated him for assignment -- was making his first MLB start since August of 2015 (he has worked exclusively out of the bullpen this season). Against the Mets, he struck out two and walked three, surrendering three hits along the way. Two of those left the yard, courtesy of solo home runs by Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker in the second and fourth innings, respectively. Richard holds a 5.75 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 20 1/3 innings and is not worth true fantasy attention. Up next on the docket, a home date with the Diamondbacks.
Aug 14 - 4:05 PM

Clayton Richard will start for the Padres on Sunday against the Mets.

San Diego is going to roll with a six-man rotation as a way to limit the innings of Luis Perdomo and Christian Friedrich. Richard was signed to a major league contract last week after getting pushed off the Cubs' 40-man roster. He owns a 6.46 ERA this season and hasn't started a game at the major league level since last August, so it might be wise to ignore the 32-year-old left-hander in fantasy leagues.
Aug 11 - 11:14 AM

Padres signed LHP Clayton Richard.

It's a major league contract. The Padres made room for Richard by designating left-handed reliever Matt Thornton for assignment. The Cubs released Richard last month after he posted a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances. Before joining the Cubs, Richard spent five seasons with the Padres from 2009-2013.
Aug 6 - 5:56 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres have agreed to sign free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

The veteran southpaw was released by the Cubs after being designated for assignment early in the week. It's unclear if he'll immediately join the big league club, or will spend time at Triple-A, but he'll certainly add depth to a depleted pitching staff, whether it be as a starter or reliever.
Aug 6 - 12:15 AM

Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Aroldis Chapman, who officially joined the Cubs on Tuesday. Richard had a 6.43 ERA in 25 appearances this season with Chicago.
Jul 26 - 4:29 PM

Cubs activated LHP Clayton Richard from the 15-day disabled list.

Richard wound up missing nearly four weeks because of a blister on his left middle finger. The lefty reliever returns Friday to an ugly 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP.
Jul 15 - 11:09 AM

Clayton Richard (blister) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Tuesday in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

It was his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list with a blister last week. It's unclear when he'll rejoin the Cubs. The southpaw has an ugly 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances this season.
Jun 29 - 9:00 AM

Clayton Richard (blister) has resumed a throwing program.

The blister on his left middle finger is no longer an issue and he's ready to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa. Richard should be ready to return when his 15 days are up early next month. He's posted a 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season.
Jun 26 - 9:01 AM

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