The news that the Nats will have an all-star after all, and that that all-star will be Tyler Clippard, is a little puzzling. Basically because Rafael Soriano is the closer, and he has a 0.97 ERA to boot.
Clippard’s ERA (2.03) isn’t quite there, but his other numbers are. He leads the pen in innings (40) and strikeouts (53), and he handles high-leverage eighth-inning situations. Plus, he’s been doing it for years.
Since '10, no reliever has more IP than Tyler Clippard (363) and only Craig Kimbrell has more strikeouts. A constant at a volatile position.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 14, 2014
This may be his best year, though. His FIP’s never been lower (2.49), and his Ks per nine innings have never been higher (11.9).
It’s Clippard’s second all-star selection. You could say he’s come a long way since Jim Bowden got him for nothing.
— Mr. Irrelevant (@MrIrrelevantDC) July 14, 2014