Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
4 days ago

Clippard threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Angels on Tuesday to earn his second save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

He sat down Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani on 10 pitches (seven strikes), bouncing back from a disastrous blown save against Oakland his last time out. It seems fairly clear at this point that Clippard is manager John Gibbons' preferred option in the ninth with Roberto Osuna on administrative leave. Osuna's leave was recently extended through May 28 and it seems likely that it will be extended beyond that date.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
7 days ago

Clippard was saddled with a blown save and a loss Saturday against the Athletics, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard entered with men on second and third and a three-run lead with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. He proceeded to load the bases with a walk and then allowed a grand slam to Chad Pinder. The Blue Jays' closer situation remains in flux while Robert Osuna is on administrative leave, but Clippard did very little to help his case in this outing.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
2 months ago

Clippard earned a spot on Toronto's Opening Day roster.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard wound up making the major-league roster after signing a minors deal with the club earlier this month. Over the course of 67 appearances in 2017 with three different organizations, Clippard posted a 4.77 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with a 72:31 K:BB in 60.1 innings of relief.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
3 months ago

Clippard said he made changes to his mechanics last season to help avoid tipping pitches, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard wouldn't address what changes he made to his delivery, but he's hoping they'll help him bounce back from his down year in 2017. The Astros apparently pointed out mechanical tendencies that Clippard had developed that could have been tipping his pitches. He initially struggled with his new delivery, posting a 10.00 ERA across his first 11 appearances (nine innings) with the Astros, but he said things started to click around mid-September, when he allowed no runs over his final five appearances (five innings). That said, it's a small sample size, so it'd be wiser to wait and see how he fairs in exhibition play before drawing any conclusions. Clippard also said he'd like to throw his fastball more often in 2018 after throwing it less than 40 percent of the time for the first time in his career.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
3 months ago

Clippard has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays which includes an invitation to spring training Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

After eight straight seasons where he posted an ERA of 3.72 or lower, the 33-year-old Clippard saw his ERA balloon to 4.77 last season. His strikeout rate remained solid at 27.3 percent, but his 11.7 percent walk rate was his highest since 2009. If the walk rate comes back down, the Blue Jays will have acquired a capable middle reliever for cheap. In a bullpen which is short on quality arms behind closer Robert Osuna, Clippard could even be in line for the occasional save.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
9 months ago

Clippard didn't allow a baserunner during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his fourth save of the season during Saturday's win over Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Ken Giles recorded a five-out save Friday, so Clippard was called to the mound to close out the Athletics on Saturday. It's worth noting that Giles has converted nine of his past 10 save opportunities and has a firm grasp on the Houston closer job. Still, Clippard might be next in line for save opportunities, which makes him a player to keep tabs on in all settings.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
9 months ago

Clippard allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one during a scoreless inning in Monday's 2-0 loss to Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard entered the game in the eighth inning with Houston down, 2-0, and promptly served up a leadoff double and a walk before getting out the jam. The freshly minted Astro made his debut in a Houston uniform, one day after he was acquired from the White Sox. The right-handed Clippard is expected to fill a role as a late-inning setup reliever.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
9 months ago

Clippard was activated ahead of Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reymin Guduan was sent back to Triple-A to clear room for Clippard, who is expected to serve in a setup role for the Astros. The 32-year-old owns a 4.29 ERA and 54:24 K:BB through 46.1 innings between the Yankees and White Sox this season.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
9 months ago

Clippard has been traded to Houston for a player to be named or cash considerations, Larry Hawley of WGN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard had been serving as the closer for the White Sox after the trade of David Robertson. He'll serve a setup role for the Astros.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
9 months ago

Clippard recorded the final two outs of Friday's 6-3 win over the Royals, allowing an inherited runner to score but still picking up his third save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

After Juan Minaya put runners on second and third with one out to begin the ninth inning, Clippard got the call and proceeded to uncork a wild pitch before finishing things out. The veteran reliever is now 2-for-2 in save chances with a 1.80 ERA and 12:5 K:BB in 10 innings since coming over from the Yankees.