With all due respect to Willy Taveras (4 RBI) and Willie Harris (game-saving catch), the true star for the Washington Nationals in their 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Saturday was Tyler Clippard.
Clippard’s final stat line: 3 IP, H, 0 ER, 7 K (all swinging)
Not only did Clippard match his career high in total strikeouts in a game (7/25/09 vs SD), but it was the most swinging strikeouts he has produced in his career. Judging from his career success against the Mets hitters who struck out, we shouldn’t be surprised.
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The Mets who struck out against Tyler Clippard Saturday and their current career stats against the Nationals reliever:
Of the 40 pitches that Clippard threw Saturday, 29 of them were strikes (73 percent). This was considerably better than his career rate of 59 percent. In addition to the pitches that were swung on and missed, Clippard’s ability to get the Mets hitters to chase pitches outside of the zone was a key to his success.