Pinstripe Preview: Tyler Clippard
When Brian Cashman decided to sell and trade Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, many fans were concerned with the Yankees bullpen. What was the team's strength could have quickly become their biggest weakness. Cashman was smart by quietly acquiring two former Yankee pitchers that ended up performing extremely well. One of those pitchers was Tyler Clippard, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Vincent Campos. This trade went under the radar because of the Yankees big trades, but Clippard performed quite well for the Yankees and will be a huge part of their bullpen this season.
Tyler Clippard performed pretty consistent this season on both the Yankees and D-backs. While pitching for the Diamond Backs he had 46 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched and while pitching for the Yankees he had 26 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched. Clippard’s ERA was lower for while he was with the Yanks which was a 2.49 compared to a 4.30 in Arizona. Clippard came to the Bronx with big shoes to fill with the departure of Chapman and Miller. Coming back to the Bronx to fill the eighth inning role, he did what was expected of him. With Dellin Betances moving to closer, Clippard's job was to provide a bridge to Betances in the late innings, and he did just that, having a very successful second half of the season.
Tyler Clippard's role this upcoming season is going to change slightly compared to last season. With the signing of Chapman, Betances is now going back to being setup man pitching the eighth and sometimes entering in the seventh inning. Although the specific inning Clippard is going to pitch is going to change, he is just as important, and will still likely enter most games in the seventh inning. With the weak starting pitching the Yankees have, it is going to be extremely important for Clippard to preserve the lead for Betances and Chapman as they are almost unhittable. As fans we should expect nothing flashy from Clippard, as that has been the case his whole career. He plays with confidence and he always looks comfortable. If Clippard continues to perform like he did with the Yankees last season, the Yankees should once again have a solid three-headed monster at the back end of the bullpen.
Article by: Ben BellFollow @Ben_Bell97