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Matt Clement MLB Career Stats

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Matt Clement Bio

  • Full Name: Matthew Paul Clement
  • Born: 8/12/1974 in Butler, PA
  • Draft: 1993, San Diego Padres, 3rd rd. (86th overall)
  • High School: Butler, PA
  • Debut: September 6, 1998
  • Ret., Final Game: 6/14/2006
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MLB Career Stats 87 86 4.47 238 236 0 1412.2 1217 1.40


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AL All-Star

Year Team League
2005 Boston AL

NL Player of the Week

Week Team League
06/02/2002 Chi Cubs NL
08/03/2003 Chi Cubs NL

Matt Clement Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2002 3.60 22nd in NL
2004 3.68 19th in NL


Season W Rank
2000 13 15th in NL
2002 12 21st in NL
2003 14 12th in NL
2005 13 21st in AL


Season SO Rank
2000 170 13th in NL
2002 215 4th in NL
2003 171 11th in NL
2004 190 7th in NL
2005 146 13th in AL


Season WHIP Rank
2002 1.20 10th in NL
2003 1.23 12th in NL
2004 1.28 17th in NL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2000 .248 15th in NL
2002 .215 3rd in NL
2003 .227 6th in NL
2004 .229 8th in NL
2005 .260 18th in AL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2000 34 6th in NL
2002 32 20th in NL
2003 32 15th in NL
2005 32 18th in AL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2002 3 10th in NL
2003 2 12th in NL


Season SHO Rank
2002 2 4th in NL
2003 1 11th in NL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2000 205.0 19th in NL
2002 205.0 19th in NL
2003 201.2 18th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2001 7.12 24th in NL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
1999 1.57 13th in NL
2000 1.36 9th in NL
2001 1.58 9th in NL
2005 2.15 22nd in AL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
1999 86 10th in NL
2000 125 1st in NL
2001 85 9th in NL
2002 85 9th in NL
2003 79 12th in NL
2004 77 13th in NL
2005 68 9th in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2003 22 22nd in NL
2004 23 24th in NL

Matthew Paul Clement Bio Info

Graduated in 1993 from Butler (Pa.) High School where he played both baseball and basketball...was a standout basketball player in high school and turned down several Division I scholarship offers to instead pursue a professional baseball career...Matt and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Mattix and Madden, and make their offseason home in Butler, Pa. 2007 Missed the entire season while rehabbing from arthroscopic right shoulder surgery which took place on 9/26/06. Began the season on the 15-day disabled list and was transferred to the 60-day D.L. on 7/6. After spring training, continued his rehab at Boston's minor league facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Joined the major league team in Boston during the second half of the season and threw a pair of simulated games at Fenway Park in September. Reported to Instructional League in Florida in late September. 2006 SUMMARY: Was limited by shoulder troubles to just 12 starts in his 2nd season with Boston, going 5-5 with a 6.61 ERA...did not pitch after June 14, when he prematurely left his start at Minnesota due to shoulder discomfort...was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 16 (retroactive to June 15) with a right shoulder strain...went through a period of rest and rehabilitation over the next 3 months in hopes of returning to action in late September...made a rehab start for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on July 4 vs. the Pirates GCL squad (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K)...experienced further discomfort while attempting to throw a side session in Toronto on September 22.

SHOULDER SURGERY AND REHAB: Underwent arthroscopic right shoulder surgery by Dr. James Andrews on September 26 in Birmingham, AL...Matt began with a period of rest after the procedure, followed by an extensive rehabilitation process.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Worked 7.0 innings in 2 of his first 3 starts, but did not reach that mark in any of his final 9 outings...alternated a win with a loss for each of his 10 decisions...allowed 6 earned runs or more in a start 3 times, including a season high 8 earned runs on May 24 vs. the Yankees...reached 100 pitches in a start only 5 times, including a season-high 108 on May 19 at Philadelphia...went 1-3 with a 7.86 ERA (23 ER/26.1 IP) in 5 starts at Fenway Park and 4-2 with a 5.77 ERA (25 ER/39.0 IP) in 7 starts on the road...was 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA (5 ER/11.1 IP) in 2 starts during the day...opponents hit .291 off Clement, including a .414 (24-for-58) mark with runners in scoring position.

MORE 2006 HIGHLIGHTS: Had arguably his best start of the season on May 4 vs. Toronto, earning the win after allowing just 2 hits and a run over 6.0 innings in Boston's 7-4 victory...struck out a season-high 7 in his season debut on April 7 in Baltimore, when he notched the win with 7.0 innings of 4-run ball...walked a season-high 6 batters in a start 2 times, including his season finale on June 14 at Minnesota.
2005 SUMMARY: In his first season in Boston, Clement was selected to the American League All-Star team and finished 13-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 32 starts...ranked 7th in the A.L. with a .684 (13-6) winning percentage and tied for 9th in the league with 6.9 strikeouts per 9 innings (146 K/191.0 IP)...his 68 walks were the fewest of any full season in his career...the Red Sox were 22-10 in his starts, their most wins behind any starter...went 9-1 with a 3.33 ERA (38 ER/102.2 IP) in 16 starts through the end of June and 4-5 with a 6.01 ERA (59 ER/88.1 IP) in 16 starts the rest of the way...lost 3 of his last 5 starts after losing only 3 of his first 27 outings...only Tim Wakefield and Bronson Arroyo threw more innings on the staff, while only Wakefield rang up more K's and made more starts...18 of his 32 starts were quality starts.

STAR SIGHTING: A first-time All-Star, Clement threw a scoreless 5th inning in the American League's 7-5 win in the Mid-Summer Classic July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit...Luis Castillo and David Eckstein flew out before Clement walked Bobby Abreu and struck out Carlos Beltran to close out the inning...entered the All-Star break 10-2 with a 3.85 ERA (50 ER/117.0 IP) in 18 14 starts after the break, went 3-4 with a 5.72 ERA (47 ER/74.0 IP).

CONTROLING INTEREST: Issued 68 walks in 191.0 innings, an average of 3.2 per 9 innings...the total was his lowest ever in a full big league season but was tied for 9th-highest in the A.L...walked 2 or fewer in 21 of his 32 starts...issued a season-high 6 free passes September 24 at Baltimore, but still threw 6.0 shutout innings...ranked 5th in the league with 13 wild pitches and was 2nd to only Tampa Bay's Casey Fossum (18) with 16 hit batsmen.

SUPPORT STAFF: Received an average of 6.88 runs of support per 9 innings, 3rd-highest in all of baseball behind teammate David Wells (7.97) and Chris Young of the Rangers (7.32)...the Red Sox scored 146 runs while he was in the game, the 5th-highest total in a Cub in 2004, received an average of 2.6 runs while in the game, the 6th-lowest total in the N.L.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: Left 6 starts with the lead and on line for a victory only to see the bullpen give up the advantage: May 11 vs. Oakland, July 21 at Chicago (AL), July 26 at Tampa Bay, August 9 vs. Texas, August 19 at Los Angeles (AL) and September 24 at Baltimore...4 of those came in a 5-start stretch between July 21 and August 19...nonetheless, the Red Sox won all 6 of those games, all by a single run and 3 in extra innings...the Red Sox scored a total of 14 runs in Matt's 6 losses, 3 or less in 5 and 2 or fewer in 3.

QUICK START: Raced out to a 6-0 start for the first time in his career, posting a 3.06 ERA over his first 11 was the longest winning streak to open a season by a Boston starter since Pedro Martinez and John Burkett both went 7-0 to start 2002...the streak was the 2nd-longest of Matt's career...he won 8 consecutive decisions September 5, 1999-May 2, 2000 as a member of the San Diego Padres.

TOUGH EARLY: Held the opposition to a .200 average (24-for-120) in the first inning, a .209 average (43-for-206) on his first 30 pitches and a .218 average (57-for-262) the first time through the lineup.

ETC.: Worked 6.0 innings or more in 21 of his 32 starts, 7.0 or more in 12 and 8.0 or more in 5...threw a total of 3,181 pitches, an average of 16.7 per inning...allowed 6 stolen bases in 8 tries...induced 20 double play grounders...allowed 18 homers...the only full season in his career when he surrendered fewer was 2001 with Florida, when he gave up 15 in 169.1 innings...3 of his 6 losses came in September...beat 10 different teams with 2 wins against the Orioles, Devil Rays and Rangers...enjoyed 3 unbeaten months: April (2-0), May (4-0) and August (2-0)...allowed 6 or more runs in a start on 7 occasions...recorded a 2.78 ERA (50 ER/161.2 IP) in his other 25 starts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Went 8-4 with a 4.90 ERA (55 ER/101.0 IP) in 17 starts at Fenway Park and 5-2 with a 4.20 ERA (42 ER/90.0 IP) in 15 road starts...allowed only 6 homers at Fenway, 12 on the road...opponents batted .260 (192-for-738) with 44 doubles, 2 triples and 18 homers...righties hit just .244 (85-for-349) with 5 homers...lefties batted .275 (107-for-389) with 13 long balls...opponents hit .238 (20-for-84) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs and .235 (4-for-17) with the bases loaded...foes hit .185 (5-for-27) in close-and-late situations and .161 (59-for-367) with 5 homers and 146 K's in 2-strike counts...opposing lead-off hitters batted .239 (21-for-88) with a .333 on-base percentage...No. 2 hitters batted .344 (32-for-93)...7-8 hitters combined for a .172 average (26-for-151)...allowed a .557 average (30-for-79) on 1-1 counts and .229 average (153-for-668) in all other counts.

MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Got a no-decision in his Red Sox debut, a 4-3 loss April 5 at New York (AL)...allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks in 4.1 innings...after posting a pair of no-decisions and a 4.35 ERA (5 ER/10.1 IP) in his first 2 starts, earned his first Red Sox and A.L. win April 16 vs. Tampa Bay in his Fenway Park debut as a Red Sox...allowed one run on 7 hits in 7.0 innings, walking 2 and punching out 6...5 days later in Baltimore, blanked the Orioles on 8 hits over 8.0 innings for a 1-0 win...walked one and struck out 7...tagged for 7 runs in 4.2 by the Orioles 5 days later, Matt rebounded to open may with 2 wins and a 1.80 ERA (4 ER/20.0 IP) over his next 3 starts...allowed an unearned run on 5 hits in 7.0 innings May 6 vs. Seattle and gave up just one run on 5 hits in 7.0 innings 5 days later vs. Oakland...allowed a homer to Eric Chavez in that start, the first long ball he had surrendered in 50.0 innings over parts of 7 starts since serving up a gopher ball in his 2005 debut vs. New York...fired his lone complete game of 2005--the 6th of his big league career--in a 5-2 win over John Smoltz and the Braves May 22 at Fenway...allowed 2 runs on 4 hits...walked none and struck out 7...went 4-1 with a 3.34 ERA (13 ER/35.0 IP) in 5 interleague starts, tying Gil Meche of the Mariners and Brendan Donnelly of the Angels for the major league lead in interleague victories...struck out a season-high 9 on 3 occasions: in back-to-back starts in 8.0 innings on June 13 vs. Cincinnati and in 7.0 innings June 19 vs. Pittsburgh as well as in 8.2 innings July 6 at Texas...threw a season-high 122 pitches in the Texas start, in the process becoming the club's first 10-game winner...fired 7.0 innings of 3-hit shutout ball for an 8-0 win June 19 vs. Pittsburgh...walked one and matched his season high with 9 K's...allowed a run on 7 hits over 7.0 innings with no walks and 4 K's for a 7-1 win at Philadelphia in his next start on June 26...left his July 26 start at Tampa Bay after only 2.1 innings, when he was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Carl Crawford...did not go on the D.L., but did not pitch again until August 4...went 1-2 with an 8.88 ERA (25 ER/25.1 IP) in 5 July starts, but rebounded to go 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA (12 ER/30.0 IP) in 5 August outings...earned his final win September 3 vs. Baltimore, working 8.0 innings and allowing 4 runs (2 earned)...had not lost consecutive starts all season before losing 3 in a row September 8-18...threw 6.0 innings of 4-hit shutout ball in a no-decision September 24 at Baltimore.

IN THE POSTSEASON: Made the start in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Chicago, enduring a 14-2 setback to the White 3.1 innings, allowed 8 runs on 7 hits and a pair of hit-by-pitches, walking none, fanning none and allowing 3 home runs to match the club post-season record (done several times)...the 8 runs allowed also matched the post-season club record set by Roger Clemens in Game 1 of the 1986 ALCS vs. California...the White Sox scored 5 runs in the first inning, capping their scoring with a 3-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski...Chicago scored another run in the 3rd inning and 2 more in the 4th to drive Clement from the game after recording only 10 outs. 2004 Capped his 3-year stint with the Cubs by going 9-13 in 30 starts...posted a 3.68 ERA, 2ndlowest of his career (3.60)...struck out 190 in 181.0 IP, an average of 9.4 K's per 9 innings (tied for 5th-best in the N.L.) foes to a .229 average, 8th-lowest in the league...after starting the season 6-3 with a 3.05 ERA (22 ER/65.0 IP) in 10 starts through May 28, won just 3 games the rest of the way with a 4.03 ERA (52 ER/116.0 IP) over his final 20 starts...dropped his first start of the year April 8 at Cincinnati and then went 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA (6 ER/35.1 IP) in 5 starts April 14-May 6...tied his career high with a 5-game losing streak June 18-July 16 despite a stellar 2.61 ERA (11 ER/38.0 IP) over the 6-start stretch...was the victim of poor run support, as his average of 4.03 runs of support per game was 6th-lowest in the N.L. 2003 Set a career high in wins by going 14-12 with a 4.11 ERA (92 ER/201.2 IP) in 32 starts for the foes to a .227 average, 6th-lowest in the NL...righthanders hit .209, 4th-lowest among NL starters...allowed just 169 hits in 201.2 innings, an average of 7.54 per 9 innings, the 6th-best ratio in the league...fanned 171 for an average of 7.63 K's per 9 innings, 10th-best in the NL...started the season 2-6 with a 4.99 ERA (34 ER/61.1 IP) in 10 starts through the end of May and went 12-6 with a 3.72 ERA (58 ER/140.1 IP) in 22 starts the rest of the his final 18 starts beginning June 27, limited foes to a .197 average in 118.0 innings...allowed 3 earned runs or less in 8 straight starts June 27-August 3, going 4-2 with a 2.29 ERA (15 ER/59.0 IP)...held foes to a .146 average in that span...capped the stretch by earning NL Player of the Week honors from July 28-August 3...tossed a complete-game 2-hit shutout in a 3-0 win July 29 vs. San Francisco...allowed just 2 singles, 2 walks and a hit batsman while fanning one point, fanned 4 consecutive Giants on 12 pitches...followed that effort with a 2-1 win August 3 vs. Arizona, limiting the D-Backs to a run on 3 hits in 8.0 innings...overall, went 10-5 with 3.10 ERA (40 ER/116.0 IP) in 17 starts at Wrigley Field and 4-7 with a 5.46 ERA (52 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 starts on the foes to a .197 average (15-for-76) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...exited his April 2 season debut after 3.0 innings due to left lower back tightness...had a season-high 10 K's April 18 at the plate, went 3-for-3 off Pittsburgh's Kris Benson May 22, notching his first multi-hit game to snap an 0-for-43 skid...recorded his 50th career win June 11 at Baltimore...July 2 at Philadelphia, combined with Mark Guthrie, Kyle Farnsworth and Joe Borowski on a one-hit 1-0 victory, allowing the Phillies' lone hit (a single by David Bell to lead off the 5th)...started Chicago's N.L. Central clincher September 27 vs. Pittsburgh, allowing one run in 7.2 innings in the 7-2 win...made 2 post-season starts, going 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA...after suffering the loss in Game 4 of the NLDS vs. Atlanta, picked up an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the NLCS at Florida, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 7.2 innings in defeating Dontrelle Willis, who was a part of the same 6-player deal that sent Clement to the Cubs from Florida in March, 2002. 2002 Went 12-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 32 starts in his first season with the Cubs...set career bests with a 3.60 ERA, 215 K's, 3 complete games and a .215 average against while matching his career high with 205.0 innings...ranked 3rd in the N.L. in opponents average...his strikeout total ranked 4th in the league, as did his average of 9.4 K's per 9 innings...boasted 6 double-digit strikeout efforts...led the league with a 2.55 road ERA (28 ER/98.2 IP)...held foes to a .145 average (10-for-69) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...issued 2 walks or less in 17 of 32 starts and pitched 6.0 innings or more in 21...struck out 12 in back-to-back starts April 13 at Pittsburgh and April 19 vs. Cincinnati...also fanned 12 June 30 at the White Sox...won 3 straight starts May 23-June 2 and again August 24-September 3...May 5 at Los Angeles, tossed 4.0 no-hit innings before leaving the game in the 5th after being hit by a Kevin Brown pitch in the right bicep...went 4-1 with a 2.58 ERA over 5 starts from May 23-June 14, pitching at least 7.0 innings in each start...May 28 at Pittsburgh, tossed his first big league complete game and shutout in a 3-0 win, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks, fanning 8...pitched 6.0 no-hit innings before Brian Giles led off the 7th with a single...followed that outing with a 4-2 win vs. Houston June 2 to wrap up his first N.L. Player of the Week honor for the week of May 28-June 3...tossed his 2nd shutout in a 4-0 win August 24 at Arizona...was hit by 3 pitches, the first Cubs pitcher to be hit 3 times since Bob Wicker in 1903. 2001 In his lone season with Florida, went 9-10 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts...had 134 strikeouts and 85 walks, 40 fewer than when he led the National League with 125 walks in 2000 with the Padres...lowered his ERA more than a point after the All-Star break compared to before, as he went 4-6 with a 5.47 ERA (60 ER/98.2 IP) in 18 starts before the break and 5-4 with a 4.46 ERA (35 ER/70.2 IP) in 13 starts after...went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP) in 2 interleague starts, including a 4-2 win in Boston June 13, his lone outing at Fenway prior to 2005...with 15 wild pitches, led the league for the 2nd straight season...picked up a 6-1 win April 8 vs. Atlanta, allowing just one run on 4 hits and a walk in 8.0 innings, fanning 8...struck out 11 August 1 at Milwaukee for his first career double-digit strikeout his next start, defeated Arizona 10-4 at home, taking a one-hit shutout into the 8th...missed his final start after being struck on the right wrist by a Atlanta's Brian Jordan line drive in the 2nd inning of Florida's 7-1 win September 27...marked the first time in his big league career he missed a start due to injury. 2000 Wrapped up his Padres career by making a career-high 34 starts, going 13-17 with a 5.14 ERA...established a career high with 205.0 innings pitched, later matched in 2002...tied for 6th in the league in starts while leading the N.L. with 125 walks and 23 wild pitches...surrendered 4 grand slams, tying a major league single-season record...began the season 4-0 to extend his personal winning streak to a career-best 8 games dating to September 5, 1999...after going 9-7 with a 4.84 ERA (62 ER/115.1 IP) in 19 starts before the All-Star break, went just 4-10 with a 5.52 ERA (55 ER/89.2 IP) in 15 starts in the 2nd half. 1999 Became just the 4th rookie in Padres history to win 10 or more games in his first full season, going 10-12 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts...tied for first among N.L. rookies in starts while ranking 3rd in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts (135)...led all N.L. starters with an average of 1.4 double plays induced per 9 innings...ended his campaign strong, going 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.1 IP) over his final 5 starts, the beginning of a career-best 8-game winning streak that extended into 2000...was 6-12 with a 4.98 ERA (82 ER/148.1 IP) in his first 26 starts leading to his strong finish...his season got off to a rocky start, as he allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits in 4.1 innings in an 8-3 loss April 9 at San Francisco...rebounded by posting a 3.50 ERA (18 ER/46.1 IP) in his next 8 starts through the end of May despite a 1-4 record during that stretch...collected his first major league hit April 20, a 3rd-inning single off Pittsburgh's Kris Benson...was the winner in 4 straight starts from June 15-July 1, highlighted by a 6-1 win vs. Philadelphia to start the span, allowing just one run on 4 hits in 6.0 innings...then lost 4 straight decisions over 7 starts July 6-August 9. 1998 Began the season at Triple-A Las Vegas and ended by making his major league debut with San Diego at the age of 24, going 2-0 with a 4.61 ERA (7 ER/13.2 IP) in 4 appearances (2 starts) as a September call-up for the eventual N.L. champs...went 10-9 with a 3.98 ERA in 27 starts for Las Vegas, leading all Triple-A pitchers with 160 strikeouts...following the season, was named to Baseball America's Triple-A All-Star team and to Howe SportsData's All-Prospect club...had 3 double-digit strikeout games, including a 13-strikeout effort June 11 at Salt Lake...recalled to San Diego September 4, he made his major league debut September 6 at Colorado with a 1.0-inning relief appearance...allowed 3 earned runs but fanned his first batter faced (Jamey Wright)...went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA (4 ER/12.2 IP) in his final 3 outings (2 starts)...made his first major league start September 13 vs. Los Angeles, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits in 6.0 innings, picking up a no-decision in San Diego's 5-4, 10-inning loss...earned his first major league win his next time out September 19 vs. Colorado, limiting the Rockies to just one run on 6 hits in 5.2 innings in a 4-1 win...earned the lone relief win of his career with a scoreless 7th inning September 27 at Arizona, a 3-2 Padres victory...was not on the Padres' post-season roster. 1997 Earned Padres Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors after combining to go 12-8 with a 2.05 ERA in 27 starts for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Mobile...struck out 201 in 189.0 innings, an average of 9.6 K's per 9 innings, and worked at least 7.0 innings in 17 of his 27 starts...began his year at Rancho Cucamonga, where he went 6-3 with a 1.60 ERA and was named to the mid-season California League All-Star team...made 13 starts for Mobile, going 6-5 with a 2.56 ERA. 1996 Combined to go 12-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 27 starts between Single-A Clinton and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga...spent the first half of his campaign with Clinton, going 8-3 with a 2.80 ERA (30 ER/96.1 IP) in 16 Midwest League starts...struck out 109 in 96.1 innings, an average of 10.2 strikeouts per 9 innings, the 3rd-best ratio in the MWL...was promoted to Rancho Cucamonga and went 4-5 with a 5.59 ERA in 11 starts for the Quakes. 1995 Split his campaign between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Rookie-level Idaho Falls, making 26 starts and combining to go 9-7 with a 4.29 ERA...went 6-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 14 starts for Idaho Falls and 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts for Rancho Cucamonga. 1994 Made his pro debut and went 8-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 13 starts for Rookie-level Peoria...struck out 76 and walked just 17 in 67.0 innings, an average of 10.2 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per 9.0 innings...was promoted late in the season to Single-A Spokane, going 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA in 2 starts.