Remember those eight consecutive starts where Clayton Richard was not very good? That’s all over now, right?
Maybe, but let’s consider the context of last night’s gem:
- Richard threw a great game, no question about it.
- Prior to that, Richard’s last quality start came May 29th. Not in June. Not in July. May.
- Even including last night’s dazzler, Richard has a career WHIP over 1.5, career ERA over 5 and a K:BB under 2.
- Right-handers have a .315/.379/.490 line against young Clayton.
So he threw a great game, and that’s awesome. But before anyone goes declaring the back-end problems solved, let’s remember just that: he threw a great game. A. One.
Tonight, as the Sox trot out the rookie while waiting and seeing what happens with El Barto and Sweaty Freddy, there’s a stat we can all watch out for: if rookie right-hander Carlos Torres notches a quality start, he will have as many since May 29 as the Sox’ current number five. Problem solved, right?