We’re going to keep this short today in an attempt to catch up on the VCR’d exploits (no TiVo, sue me) of Jack Bauer and Evangeline Lilly’s legs…
Look, I don’t care if Matt Clement went out there last night and gave up 10 runs, kicked an umpire in the groin, and ate someone’s baby on his way off the mound in despair, we’re not talking Roger Clemens today, OK? We’re just not. Besides has Clement been THAT bad, really?
Gordon Edes writes today: “It probably would surprise many observers to know that of Clement's 42 starts in a Red Sox uniform, there have been 20 times he has pitched at least six innings and held the opposition to three or fewer runs. Or that the Sox are 27-15 in the games in which Clement has taken the mound.”
See, isn’t that all you would ask for anyway from a 3 or 4 starter? Then again, Clement did start his Boston career 10-2, which doesn't hurt skewing those numbers a bit. And I know you want to take that into solace when digesting last night’s disastrous outing. But when Clement looks awful, he makes sure that he goes the distance to play the part.
Last night was the second time already this season that Clement has allowed seven runs or more. Guys with a 6.31 ERA usually play in Coors Field and are named Darren Oliver. Wouldn’t you know though, in 2006, Coors is keeping ‘em in and Oliver is a valued member of the Mets bullpen.
Want some more scary stats as they pertain to Clement? With runners in scoring position, the offense is hitting him at a .431 clips. With two outs, it’s still .300. At Fenway this season his ERA is now a stratospheric 7.86.
After getting drilled by a Bernie Williams line drive last night, Clement stayed in the game and instantly transformed into same guy who got wrecked in Chicago last October. Imagine a cautious 88-year-old senior citizen driving a Hummer through the crowded streets of the Back Bay, and it might be an awful lot like Clement’s tentative, excruciatingly painful to watch performance last night.
X-Rays on Clement’s ankle were negative last night, but I assume he could still miss a start if it’s bothering him.
Or at least, Red Sox fans hope anyway.