Fantasy Baseball: Why Isn’t Clayton Richard Getting More Love?

Jul 18, 2012


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Obviously his 6-10 record doesn’t generate a buzz in the fantasy community, nor does his 4.96 K/9 ratio, but there are some things that more fantasy owners should be taking advantage of than currently are.
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Presently Richard is owned in about twenty percent of combined Yahoo! and ESPN fantasy leagues. Considering that he calls PETCO home, that is a little surprising.
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Aside from the record, he is sporting a solid 3.83 ERA. That mark should be welcome to most fantasy teams. It isn’t all credited to pitching in PETCO though, as he is still under four runs (3.98) on the road. His 3.61 mark at home would certainly help teams if they opted to stream him.
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Not only is his ERA solid, his WHIP is at 1.18. Clearly that mark is suitable to fantasy owners. Again, it’s not all PETCO as he is 1.21 on the road. He’s just better (1.15) at home as you’d expect from a pitchers’ park.
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Since the beginning of June Clayton has stepped up his game even more, posting a 2.87 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. We’re not talking a few starts either, those numbers came over 62-2/3 innings.
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There are some red flags to keep in mind with Richard. His second half splits (4.32 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .271 BAA) are slightly worse than his first half splits (4.01, 1.37, .265). He has also been quite lucky this year, posting a .256 BABIP, which is significantly better than his .296 career mark.
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That said, if you’re looking to lower your ERA and WHIP, consider adding Clayton Richard, at least in spot starts when he has favorable match-ups. He starts today against the Astros at home. This is absolutely a chance to use him.
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