In the interest of doing a bit of research on a blah Saturday afternoon, I looked at Clement's starts this season.
Clement vs. "Bad" teams (winning percentage below .500--Tampa Bay, Seattle, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh). These 4 tams have combined for a 143-215 win-loss record (.399), 4.4 R/G, and a .735 OPS.
4 starts, 4-0, 1.24 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 6.0 K/BB.
Clement vs. "Average" teams (winning percentage near .500--Toronto, Oakland, Oakland, Philadelphia, and Toronto again). These teams, counting Toronto and Oakland twice have combined for a .508 winning percentage, 4.7 R/G, and a .745 OPS.
5 starts, 1-1, 5.17 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 1.7 K/BB.
Clement vs. "Good" teams (winning percentage of .520 and above--Yankees, Orioles, Orioles, Rangers, Braves, Yankees, Orioles, Cardinals, Rangers, Yankees). These teams have combined for a .552 winning percentage, 5.2 R/G, and a .796 OPS.
10 starts, 5-2, 5.16 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 2.2 K/BB.
Clement has dominated the bad teams and been less-than-stellar against the good teams. In 19 starts, he's faced the following teams:
All others-once each
For the season, he's had a tough schedule, with only 4 starts against the bottom-feeders. It'd be nice to see him get a few more starts against the Tampa Bays and Kansas City Royals of the league.
His next few starts:
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'