Give Tyler Clippard credit for not trying to hide from his problems.
After taking full responsibility for Friday night’s loss to the Brewers when facing the media postgame, the Nationals’ co-closer made sure to watch video of his outing, trying to decipher what had gone wrong. When he got to Nationals Park this morning, he did it again.
“Talk about a glutton for punishment,” manager Davey Johnson said this morning. “I wouldn’t be going there.”
A day after revealing Clippard and former closer Drew Storen would share ninth-inning duties going forward, Johnson expressed confidence in the pitcher who has nailed down 32 saves this season despite Clippard’s recent difficult run.
Clippard has allowed nine runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last nine appearances, collecting three losses along the way. Before this run, it had been nearly two months since Clippard’s previous loss shortly before the All-Star break.
Still, Johnson maintains he isn’t worried about Clippard.
“He’s fine,” Johnson said. “I’ve kind of stayed away from him here; he trashed downstairs after he came out [Friday]. Very competitive young man. He doesn’t like to give up anything.”