Nationals Top Reliever, Good & Lucky This Year

Tyler Clippard

Tyler Clippard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overall, I really like Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard.  He has shown good stuff ever since he was forced to make six starts for the playoff bound 2007 Yankees as a 22-year old.  The Joe Torre led Yanks won 5 of his 6 starts by the way.

What caught my eye today about Clippard is his Hits Allowed/Balls in Play (aka BAbip).  Over the last five years his K rate has been very steady between 10-11 SO/9 but his HA/BiP has jumped all over the place.

Clippard and the Nats have been lucky (or their defense good) this year.  His Hits/BiP dropped from 26% in 2012 to just 19% so far in ’13.  See his annual chart below:

Year

Tm

G

BB

SO

BAbip

2009

WSN

41

32

67

.201

2010

WSN

78

41

112

.288

2011

WSN

72

26

104

.201

2012

WSN

74

29

84

.264

2013

WSN

42

17

46

.185

MLB Averages

.298

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/20/2013.
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Posted on July 21, 2013, in pitching rants, under 25 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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