The other day Tyler Clippard came in to the game after Chien Ming Wang began to struggle, there was one out in the 7th and a running on 2nd base. This has become a pretty standard situation for Clippard to come into - runners on base, multiple outs to get. A pop-out against last years MVP and a strikeout of an All-Star later and Clippard was once again out of the inning, without letting the inherited runner score. Again. The crazy thing about this is, this has become common-place and its not appreciated as much as it should be.
Let's put Clippard's 2011 Season into some perspective with his position among all MLB relievers...
3rd in Total IP - 68.1
2nd in K - 80
14th in K/9 - 10.80 K/9
9th in ERA - 1.58
1st in WPA - 4.79
1st in Holds - 32
A few other numbers to make you happy...
.158 Batting Average Against.
Opponents are hitting only 5 for 86 with runners on base - only 3 for 56 with RISP.
(h/t to Baseball Reference for doing most of the legwork on this post)
Clippard is having one of the best non-Closer relief seasons in baseball history - its simply incredible. Make sure you open your eyes and take it all in the next time Peaches takes the hill.