Tyler Clippard should help Indians bullpen

Tyler Clippard
Tyler Clippard during his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks

The Cleveland Indians have recalled relief pitcher Tyler Clippard from AAA Columbus to help settle things in the Tribe bullpen.

Tyler Clippard will be joining the Cleveland Indians Major League roster after the team called him up. Jefry Rodriguez was sent down to Columbus in a corresponding move. While Clippard is not a superstar reliever he should at least be able to settle things for a bullpen that has been up and down so far this season and has been looking for help since before Spring Training.

Tyler Clippard carries a career ERA of 3.16 in his 12-year career. Clippard has appeared in 698 games pitching 754 innings. Averaging 10 strikeouts per nine innings, Clippard has proven to be effective in many stops in his career. At worst Clippard will present a serviceable option and an alternative to other arms in the bullpen.

Currently the Indians have two relievers who have not been off to good starts so far. Neil Ramirez and Oliver Perez. This could be due to the fact that Cleveland was hoping that they could perform in a much larger role than what they are capable of. Both relievers have been knocked around quite frequently and have been very hittable so far. The duo of Ramirez and Perez have combined to allow 13 runs and 6 home runs in just 15.2 innings.

Giving Tyler Clippard the opportunity to make the Indians bullpen better is worth a shot. Clippard does have a track record of being able to shut down opposing offenses. As long as Clippard can perform at a relatively average level the bullpen should be able to perform better overall. So far the margin for error has been razor thin with the Indians relievers and if Clippard’s addition can increase said margin things will work out for all parties involved.

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