Nationals Top Reliever, Good & Lucky This Year
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: