Yeah, he was and so was Brad Penny - the two disappointments for 2009.
The Clemens years had some rogues galleries. It was Rocket or rain. The other three starters, Sele, Wake, and Gordon all had ERAs over 5.00. Brutal. But ‘97, when Roger left.... yikes. Sele continues his run as hideous, but they add brutal Steve Avery.
153 IP, 177 hits, 28 HRs given up, 5.63 ERA. His 12-11 record is actually a bit of a miracle. They typically hit for him.
He had a typical terrible performance and his ERA only went up .14 points. That shows you how bad he's been. Terrible performances don't even move the needle for his stats anymore because that's the norm.