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Blue Jays mid-term report card: Grade Tyler Clippard’s first half

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Tyler Clippard was one of a handful of experienced relievers the Blue Jays picked up over the off-season.

His numbers aren’t terrible. 3.61 ERA in 50 games. 47.1 innings, 37 hits, 16 walks and 56 strikeouts. The number that does stick out is the 9 home runs. Batters have hit .215/.288/.436 against him.

He has 7 saves, 8 holds. 4-3 record. 6 blown saves (3 in 9th inning ‘save situations).

Tyler has a low BABIP .255. Most seasons he’s had a low BABIP. There was a FanGraphs post on it.

Along with the low BABIP, his FIP (4.40) and xFIP (4.38) are much higher than his ERA (3.61). His FIP has always been higher than his ERA. From that FanGraphs post Tyler said:

[FIP] is a stat that has too much variance for me to put much validity into. If I consistently outperform that number, then that’s who I am. I’m not the number it says I’m supposed to be. I’m a fly-ball pitcher and if I’m getting weak contact… I don’t really know what the best formula would be for that.

FanGraphs has him at a 0.2 WAR, Baseball Reference at a 0.7 WAR.

His last 4 outings have been bad, batters are hitting .353/.389/.882 in those four games. I’m kind of wondering if there is an injury he’s not told us about. He hasn’t looked right.


For the first half I would grade Tyler Clippard an

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