On Monday night, with their game against the Minnesota Twins well out of reach, the Cleveland Guardians were forced to do something that they hadn’t needed to do all season long.
In a desperate attempt to save the bullpen, Cleveland turned to Ernie Clement to pitch the ninth inning.
It did not go well.
Clement made it through the inning, but not without allowing two runs.
Cleveland fell by a final of 11-1.
However, Clement took a moment last night to poke a little fun at himself on Twitter, releasing his own “scouting report” on his pitching.
He pointed out some pretty hilarious stats.
Clement Scouting Report: FB, SN, KN
52-69mph occasional arm side run
Works both sides of the plate
Will go to knuckle ball with runners in scoring position
Below average pickoff to 1B https://t.co/sAQNhC7Q3f
— Ernie Clement (@Ernieclem) June 28, 2022
Clement Roasts Himself
Sometimes, all you need is a little self-deprecating humor to ease the pain.
Last night was not a pleasant night in Cleveland.
Clement’s mere presence on the mound was proof enough of that.
But at least he’s willing to poke a little fun at himself after a less than desirable debut on the mound.
Sometimes, that’s the cure for an embarrassing loss like last night’s.
The Twins brought the lumber and took it straight to their division rivals, extending their lead in the American League Central to three games over Cleveland.
But the highlight of last night certainly has to be Clement’s scouting report.
He literally rattled off all of his stats, mentioning what kind of “pitches” he throws, talking about his style of pitching and where his velocity tops out, as well as tease himself for having a below-average pickoff move to first base.
You’d much rather have that than a guy who takes himself too seriously.
He is a position player after all, so he can’t be expected to dominate on the mound.