On Friday, April 30, with their third win in a row, the Washington Nationals defeated the Florida Marlins 7-1. Sure, the team is excited with the return of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who homered twice and sure it was nice to see the starting hurler Scott Olsen go six innings deep.
However, for me, the real thrill is watching relief pitcher Tyler Clippard go another 1.1 innings in relief and fan three while giving up no hits and no walks.
In twelve games and eigtheen innings of work, Clippard has struck out 23 while only allowing 9 base on balls. His record is 3-0 and since he has only given up one run, his ERA is a remarkable 0.50 (there’s your number for the day).
It’s wonderful to see other people write glowingly about Mr. Clippard, but I really would like to see other Nationals relief pitchers step up to the plate (how’s that for a mixed metaphor) and take some of the heat off Clippard lest the Nationals burn him out too soon.
Just my two cents.