Tyler Clippard RP NYM 7 days ago

The Oakland Athletics traded relief pitcher Tyler Clippard to the New York Mets on Monday, according to the team's official website. The A's received right-handed pitching prospect Casey Meisner in exchange for Clippard, who will likely serve as a late-inning options for the Mets rather than usurping the closer role from Jeurys Familia.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 4 weeks ago

Clippard worked around two walks to pitch a scoreless ninth on Tuesday for his 16th save.

Clippard struggled with his control, allowing two walks and then going 3-0 to Mark Teixeira, but managed to find a way to get it done. After a slow April where Clippard only had one save, he has become a solid fantasy option and has only blown two saves all year. He will continue to close games for the A's unless he is dealt at the trade deadline (which has been rumored) and in that case, his fantasy value will be determined on what role he has with his new team.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 1 month ago

Clippard struck out a pair en route to a four-out save Wednesday against the Rockies.

Despite the extended outing, Clippard needed just 18 pitches to do the deed. Bob Melvin hasn't been afraid to turn to him in a tight spot, as three of Clippard's last four saves have been of the four- or five-out variety. He's got a stranglehold on the Oakland closing job for (at the very least) most of what remains of this season, with Sean Doolittle expected out until August at best due to a shoulder injury.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 1 month ago

Clippard went 1.2 innings and gave up one run while striking out three to record his 12th save of the year in a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

Clippard was inches away from a blown save, as a long flyball off the bat of Johnny Giavotella nearly found itself over the left field wall for a two-run homer, but Sam Fuld made a nice catch at the warning track. The A's closer came on for starter Scott Kazmir with one out in the eighth inning, and struck out Mike Trout before serving a home run to Albert Pujols on a 3-2 pitch. The homer was the first Clippard has given up since May 17 and the third he's allowed this season.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 1 month ago

Clippard gave up one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings Saturday to pick up his 11th save of the season.

After struggling with his control early in the year Clippard seems to have made an adjustment, and his 8:1 K:BB ratio in 6.1 June innings looks more like the dominant reliever he was in Washington. With Sean Doolittle (shoulder) out until August, if he's even able to return this season at all, Clippard should remain a solid second-tier fantasy closing option.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 2 months ago

Clippard threw a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts on Tuesday night to earn his eighth save.

After struggling badly for save opportunities through most of the first two months of the season, Clippard now has four saves in the last six days. Clippard lowered his ERA to 2.31 and with Sean Doolittle back on the DL with shoulder issues, he should remain the A's closer for the foreseeable future. Although a small sample of only 23.1 innings, the one concern on Clippard so far this year is his 5.0 BB/9, nearly double his 2014 walk rate.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 2 months ago

Clippard navigated around a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday against the Yankees to earn his seventh save of the season.

The 30-year-old hasn't seen many save opportunities this season because of Oakland's terrible start, but he has done a nice job filling in for the injured Sean Doolittle and is now 6-for-7 in save situations. Doolittle will be out for at least two more weeks after re-injuring himself Wednesday, so Clippard should continue to serve as the team's closer.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 2 months ago

Clippard allowed a run on Thursday night, but managed to work around it to earn his fifth save.

After retiring the first two hitters, Clippard made it interesting by walking Garrett Jones and allowing a double to Brett Gardner. He was able to retire Chase Headley to end the game, but it was a fly ball that Billy Burns caught on the warning track. Clippard has been the victim of very few save opportunities so far this season and it is currently unclear when the A's will go back to Sean Doolittle in the closer role.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 2 months ago

Clippard locked down his fourth save, throwing a scoreless ninth with two saves on Monday.

After a one-save April due mostly to a lack of opportunities, Clippard has three saves in May and has only been scored upon in one May outing. With Sean Doolittle on a rehab assignment, it is possible Clippard's days as closer are coming to an end, although it is not yet clear if the A's will slot Doolittle in as the closer right away upon his return.

Tyler Clippard RP NYM 3 months ago

Clippard recorded his third save on Tuesday night, recording five outs in a one-run game against the Twins.

Clippard earned this save, entering the game with a one run lead and men on first and third with one out. He allowed no runners in his 1.2 innings and struck out two. Clippard has only had four save opportunities through the first month with the A's and has converted three of them. He will remain the closer for the A's until Sean Doolittle returns from injury, but it is not yet known if the A's will put Doolittle in the closer role immediately upon his return.