Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
3 months ago

Clippard will serve as the opener for Thursday's matchup against the Mariners, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard has been used 53 times in relief this season, so he isn't expected to throw more than an inning or two. He's posted a 3.73 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 59 strikeouts over 50.2 innings this season. The Blue Jays are approaching Thursday's series opener as a bullpen day.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
3 months ago

Clippard struck out one during a perfect inning Sunday against the Orioles as he collected the save.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard managed to turn it around in his most recent appearance, after blowing two consecutive saves. He's failed to convert on six save opportunities throughout the 2018 campaign, and he's posted a 3.61 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 56 strikeouts over 47.1 innings. Clippard figures to maintain his role as the stand-in closer until Roberto Osuna returns from a suspension.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
3 months ago

Clippard blew his fifth save of the season Saturday against Boston, allowing a run on two hits while striking out one batter.

EDGE Analysis

Clippard has been a decent fill-in closer while Roberto Osuna remains suspended, but he failed to get the job done this time around. Entering the ninth with a one-run lead, he allowed back-to-back doubles to Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley before eventually getting out of the inning. Clippard will have just a few more weeks left in which to earn save chances, with Osuna expected to immediately resume closing duties upon his return Aug. 5.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
4 months ago

Clippard gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his fifth save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan Tepera was left in the bullpen Friday after blowing his previous two save chances, with Seung Hwan Oh working the eighth inning and Clippard getting the call in the ninth. The three relievers could continue to swap save chances around until Roberto Osuna (suspension) returns depending on who's got the hot hand and who's been struggling, so don't be surprised if Clippard remains in the closer role for the Jays until he falters.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
4 months ago

Clippard struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan Tepera was available, but manager John Gibbons elected to give Clippard the save chance against his former club instead, and the right-hander delivered. He now sports a 3.24 ERA and 39:16 K:BB through 33.1 innings on the year, but Clippard will likely remain the second choice for ninth-inning duty in Toronto unless Tepera falls apart.

Tyler Clippard
RP TOR
5 months 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
5 months 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
7 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
7 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
7 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.