Tyler Clippard has had a good run as a late-inning reliever, even spending some time as a closer in 2012 for the Nationals and just last year for the Athletics. But last year also gave us some indication that after six straight seasons of 70-plus innings, he's running out of steam. His strikeout rate went from excellent in 2014 to decent in his 37 appearances for the Athletics last year to subpar in his 32 appearances for the Mets to close out the season. He also became even more of a fly-ball pitcher, which creates the potential for more home runs, which, combined with the increased contact rate, creates the potential for disaster. Unless he signs somewhere to close in 2016, you can pass him over on Draft Day.
Mets closer Tyler Clippard closed out the ninth inning of his team's win over the Nationals on Sunday with ease. Clippard gave up one hit, but then put away Washington to pick up his 18th save of the season. He has a 2.55 ERA in 42 1/3 innings of relief.
Mets reliever Tyler Clippard pitched in his first game with his new team on Tuesday. The right-hander worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit, to close out the 4-0 victory over the Padres. The Mets were prepared to go with Jeurys Familia in the ninth, but the Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth, removing the chance for a save. So manager Terry Collins opted to get Clippard's feet wet instead.
The Athletics have announced that they have dispatched closer Tyler Clippard to the Mets for top pitching prospect Casey Meisner. It remains to be seen if Clippard keeps that role in the Big Apple. Jeurys Familia has blown his last two save opportunities for the Mets, but he is still 27 of 31 in shutting down opponents and owns a fine 1.70 ERA. The 30-year-old Clippard has been a bit less effective with Oakland. He has converted 17 of 21 save chances and has a mediocre 2.79 ERA. Meisner has been promoted from Class A to Class A Advanced this season. He is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 35 innings in his latest stint.
The Mets and Nationals are among a few teams considering a trade for Athletics closer Tyler Clippard, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Both teams would consider Clippard for a setup role. The Yankees have also been tied to Clippard, but there is no evidence they are involved at the moment, per Heyman.
Athletics pitcher Tyler Clippard had trouble with his control during Wednesday's appearance, which led to him blowing the save in the 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Clippard entered in the ninth inning with a one-run lead, but he walked three batters and gave up one hit, which led to the tying run. It was his fourth blown save this season, but the A's won the game in the 10th inning.