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Full Name: Matthew Paul Clement Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/190 First Game: September 6, 1998
Birthdate: August 12, 1974 MLB Experience: 9 years
Birthplace: McCandless, Pennsylvania
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on August 12, 1974 in McCandless, Pennsylvania, Matt Clement (Matthew Paul Clement) played for the San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 9 year career. Clement broke into the bigs on September 6, 1998 with the San Diego Padres, and put up a 4.48 ERA in 180.2 innings pitched in 1999, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Matt Clement's best season was 2002, when he posted a 3.60 ERA, won 12 games and struck out 215 batters.

Boston Red Sox

Clement is, perhaps unfairly, unliked by Boston fans. He was brought in before the 2005 season and unfortunately was given the task of replacing one of the greatest in the game, Pedro Martinez. With a hot start he made the All-Star team in his first year in Boston, but things quickly went downhill. Everything, from a line drive to the head off the bat of Carl Crawford to a horrid performance in the ALDS against the Chicago White Sox, went wrong after his first dozen starts. He was never given much of a chance as a Cub either when the fans focussed more on his pitch counts and record (35-36) instead of his solid ERA's and quality starts. The biggest issue has been how people perceive Clement. They see his stuff and expect greatness. But if you take a step back and lower your expectations, it's easy to like a guy who gives his team a quality start more often than not and keeps his team in a lot of games.

The man is no Hall of Famer, but he is a solid option and with the paychecks that mediocre pitchers are getting these days, he's a bargain for a team with plenty of spend like the Red Sox

Scouting Report

Pitching

Clement has the stuff, but has never really been able to put it together. Some say his makeup is questionable and call his confidence into question. His pitches have a lot of movement. His fastball sits around 90-93 and when he's on, he has a great slider. His biggest fault is his control. He's often out of the game by the 6th inning because he throws a lot of pitches to every batter with a lot of walks and a lot of strike outs. He is known as a first half pitcher. Over the last 3 years he has had a 3.71 ERA before the All-Star break compared to a 4.77 ERA after it.

Most Known For

In this what have you done for me lately sports world, Clements All-Star appearance or his 215 strikeout year have been forgotten and he is best known for imploding in the 2005 playoffs.


Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1998 SD N 4 2 2 0 4.61 13 8 7 0 0 0 13.2 15 0 7 1 2 0
1999 SD N 31 31 10 12 4.48 135 106 90 0 0 0 180.2 190 18 86 2 11 9
2000 SD N 34 34 13 17 5.14 170 131 117 0 0 0 205 194 22 125 4 23 16
2001 FLA N 31 31 9 10 5.05 134 102 95 0 0 0 169.1 172 15 85 2 15 15
2002 CHI N 32 32 12 11 3.60 215 84 82 3 2 0 205 162 18 85 7 7 6
2003 CHI N 32 32 14 12 4.11 171 100 92 2 1 0 201.2 169 22 79 2 13 14
2004 CHI N 30 30 9 13 3.68 190 79 74 0 0 0 181 155 23 77 4 14 12
2005 BOS A 32 32 13 6 4.57 146 102 97 1 0 0 191 192 18 68 1 13 16
2006 BOS A 12 12 5 5 6.61 43 50 48 0 0 0 65.1 77 8 38 0 3 6
Total NL 194 192 69 75 4.34 1028 610 557 5 3 0 1156.1 1057 118 544 22 85 72
Total AL 44 44 18 11 5.09 189 152 145 1 0 0 256.1 269 26 106 1 16 22
Total 238 236 87 86 4.47 1217 762 702 6 3 0 1412.2 1326 144 650 23 101 94

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1998 SD N P 4 2 13.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 SD N P 31 31 180.2 12 12 2 0 0 3 6 5 0 .923
2000 SD N P 34 34 205 27 26 4 4 0 3 12 5 0 .930
2001 FLA N P 31 31 169.1 14 20 1 1 0 2 6 5 0 .971
2002 CHI N P 32 32 205 8 23 2 1 0 1 6 5 0 .939
2003 CHI N P 32 32 201.2 20 23 4 0 0 2 6 5 0 .915
2004 CHI N P 30 30 181 16 21 3 3 0 1 16 2 0 .925
2005 BOS A P 32 32 191 22 20 1 4 0 1 6 2 0 .977
2006 BOS A P 12 12 65.1 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.000
Total P 238 236 1412.2 125 149 17 13 0 13 59 30 0 .942

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1998 SD N 4 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
1999 SD N 31 52 7 4 0 1 .077 .143 .077 0 0 4 28 0 6 0 0 1
2000 SD N 34 60 3 4 0 2 .067 .125 .100 0 1 4 33 0 5 0 0 0
2001 FLA N 32 50 2 4 0 0 .080 .132 .080 0 0 3 18 0 8 0 0 0
2002 CHI N 32 61 4 3 0 4 .049 .108 .082 2 0 1 34 3 10 0 0 1
2003 CHI N 32 62 3 9 0 3 .145 .159 .177 2 0 0 26 1 8 0 0 0
2004 CHI N 30 55 2 8 0 2 .145 .158 .164 1 0 1 29 0 4 0 0 0
2005 BOS A 32 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
2006 BOS A 12 3 1 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 195 342 21 32 0 12 .094 .136 .114 5 1 13 170 4 43 0 0 2
Total AL 44 6 1 1 0 0 .167 .286 .167 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
Total 239 348 22 33 0 12 .095 .139 .115 5 1 14 174 4 43 0 0 2

Transactions

  • Selected by San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1993 - signed August 24, 1993).
  • Traded by San Diego Padres with Eric Owens and Omar Ortiz to Florida Marlins in exchange for Cesar Crespo and Mark Kotsay (March 28, 2001).
  • Traded by Florida Marlins with Antonio Alfonseca to Chicago Cubs in exchange for Julian Tavarez, Jose Cueto, Ryan Jorgensen and Dontrelle Willis (March 27, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2004).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (December 22, 2004).

Trivia

  • Won the pitching triple crown when he lead the league in BB, HBP, and WP with the San Diego Padres in 2000
  • Made the AL All-Star team in 2005



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