How much does Zack Greinke hate Tyler Clippard?

A casual look at Zack Greinke’s stats and you’d think he was having a disastrous follow up to his Cy Young season last year.

He dropped to 1-6 losing again to the Red Sox today.

And another quick look at Tyler Clippard’s stats, you’d think HE was a Cy Young contender! He’s second in the NL with 7 wins against only 3 losses and has a 1.93 ERA.

But Clippard, a reliever for the Nationals, has piled up those wins by blowing leads and being the pitcher of record for Nats comebacks.

And Greinke has pitched really well this year. He’s had 6 games where he has gone 7 innings or more, letting up 2 runs or fewer and lost 3 of those games and got a no decision in the other 3.

Those 6 games are reflected in his win loss total with an 0-3 mark.

And today was one of those 6. He lets up an RBI grounder to Mike Lowell and THAT’S YOUR OFFENSE! Drive home safely.

Don’t get me wrong, as a Sox fan, I love it.
I just can’t help but feel for the guy.

He’s trying to earn a win and Tyler Clippard is picking them off of carcasses!



April 4 – 9-7 win against Yankees (On Opening Night, the Red Sox overcome a 5-1 Yankee lead with a game tying HR by Pedroia and a go ahead passed ball.)
April 10 – 8-3 win against Kansas City (Beckett out pitches Zack Greinke and nearly gets decapitated by a line drive.)
April 14 – 6-3 win in Minnesota. (Okajima gets Morneau to pop up with the bases loaded in the 7th and Papelbon wiggled out of a 9th inning jam.)
April 20 – 7-6 win against Texas. (Darnell McDonald introduces himself to Boston with an 8th inning game tying homer and a walk off hit in the 9th.)
April 21 – 8-7 win against Texas. (The Red Sox were down 4-0 early only to win it on Youk’s 2 out 11th inning double.)
April 23 – 4-3 win against Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 3-0 lead but win it on Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk.)
April 24 – 7-6 win against Baltimore. (The Red Sox score 6 in the 7th and hold off a late Baltimore comeback attempt.)
April 26 – 13-12 win at Toronto. (The Sox blow an early 5-0 lead but hang on for dear life in a slugfest.)
April 27 – 2-1 win at Toronto. (Buchholz holds the Jays down for 8 but it takes a bases loaded walk in the 8th to go ahead.)
April 28 – 2-0 win at Toronto. (Daniel Bard wiggles out of trouble in the 8th to help Lester shut down the Blue Jays and finish the sweep.)
May 4 – 5-1 win against the Angels. (Juan Rivera misplays Jeremy Hermedia’s 2 out flyball into a 3 run game winning double)
May 5 – 3-1 win against the Angels. (Papi and Beltre homer and the Sox hang on despite squandering many potential rallies.)
May 6 – 11-6 win against the Angels. (Dice-K puts the Red Sox in a 4-0 hole before they even bat. The Sox bats respond.)
May 10 – 7-6 win against the Blue Jays. (Sox blow an early 2-0 lead, take advantage of some errors and hang on.)
May 18 – 7-5 win in New York. (Sox climb back from a 5-1 hole. A day after hitting a walk off homer, Marcus Thames drops a fly ball to start the winning rally for the Sox.)
May 25 – 2-0 win in Tampa. (Big Papi supplies all the offense as Papelbon wiggles out of a 9th inning jam.)
May 29 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Zack Greinke holds the Sox to one run, but they make it stick)

April 6 – 6-4 loss against the Yankees. (Scutaro’s error leads to the winning run.)
April 7 – 3-1 loss against the Yankees. (Sox leave the winning run on in the 9th only to lose on Granderson’s 10th inning homer)
April 9 – 4-3 loss in Kansas City. (Bard coughs up the lead, denying Wakefield a win.)
April 17 – 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Sox can’t score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 11th… lost it in the 12th.)
April 17 – 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox comeback falls a run short, leaving two on in the 8th)
April 25 – 7-6 loss to Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 4-1 lead, leave the winning run on second in the 9th, let up 3 in the 10th and could only score 2 in the bottom of the 10th)
April 30 – 5-4 loss in Baltimore. (Tejada ties the game with a 2 out 8th inning homer and wins it with a bloop in the 10th)
May 1 – 12-9 loss in Baltimore. (Dice-K and Wakes get pounded, wasting 2 homers from Ortiz and an early 4-1 lead.)
May 2 – 3-2 loss in Baltimore. (Varitek is thrown at home trying to score with 2 outs in the 8th. Sox get swept in the 10th.
May 12 – 3-2 loss against the Blue Jays. (The Sox rally in the 9th comes up a run short and Kevin Gregg gets an ugly save.)
May 15 – 7-6 loss in Detroit. (The Sox blow a 6-1 lead and lose it on a 2 out bases loaded walk in the 12th.)
May 17 – 11-9 loss in New York. (The Sox come all the way back from a 5-0 first inning hole to take a 9-7 lead in the 9th… but Papelbon lets up a 2 run game tying shot to A-Rod and a 2 run walk off shot to Marcus Thames.)
May 21 – 5-1 loss in Philadelphia. (Big Papi’s bid for a game tying 9th inning grand slam is caught at the warning track.)
May 274-3 loss to Kansas City. (Dice-K walks the go ahead run in and lets another score on a wild pitch as the Royals no name bullpen shut down the Hot Sox.)
May 28 – 12-5 loss to Kansas City. (Sox blow a 3-0 first inning lead to be blown out in Fenway.)

Back up to +2… and Clay Buchholz is pitching like an All Star.

Lester for the split tomorrow

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He did it again!
That vulture did it again!
The Nationals are 3-1 in their last four games.

Tyler Clippard’s record in those four games?

That’s right, he’s got the decision in all 4 games.
If the Nats rallied in the 9th yesterday, he would have won 4 games in 4 days!

Instead he has to settle for a mere 3 wins in 4 days.

Remember how I claimed he was trying to make a run at Jack Chesbro’s unbreakable record of 41 wins in a season? Well it isn’t looking so outrageous now.

Today against the Mets he became the league leader in wins with 7 wins against 1 loss.

If he keeps up this pace, he’ll go 33-4 for the year.

Hmm… even at THIS pace he can’t catch Chesbro. Man, that was quite a season Jack Chesbro had in 1904.
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I know what you are doing, Tyler Clippard

You can fool most of the people, but you can’t fool ole’ Sully.

Clippard blew a save the other day but the Nationals rallied the next inning and he got the win.
Funny… he did the EXACT SAME THING the day before.

That’s right, he got two wins this weekend, all the while posting a microscopic ERA (0.76) and batting average against (.158.)

And now he is being mentioned in some elite company this year. In this season that is filled with Cy Young contenders in the National League, guess which three pitchers are tied for the league lead in Wins?

Roy Halladay and Ubaldo Jimenez each have 6 as you would expect with their Cy Young caliber starts. But who also has 6?

Tim Lincecum? Nope.
Adam Wainwright? Nope.
Barry Zito? Nope.
Johan Santana? Nope.

That would be Tyler Clippard.

He’s got 6 wins and zero losses…

Going into this year the only thing I knew about Tyler Clippard was he won a game for the Yankees against the Mets in the Subway Series…

And that all of humanity was spared hearing John Sterling call him “The Yankee Clippard” for year after year.

But now here he is being the ultimate scavenger.

What if he has 14 more instances in the rest of the year like he did twice this weekend?

What if he becomes a 20 game winner? Does he get included in the Cy Young discussion?

So THAT’S his plan!

He wants to be a Cy Young contender because he’s convinced all the voters just look at win totals.

What if it happens 35 more times in the next 4 1/2 months?

Then he will tie a once thought unbreakable record of 41 wins of Jack Chesbro who did it for the 1904 New York Highlanders (Now the Yankees.).
(Can you imagine winning 41 games in a season?)

Well the only way it ever could be broken is by a vulture reliever like Clippard… blowing games and then picking up the win with an inning of work… 42 times to the record book.

42 times to immortality.

It’s a brilliant plan.

It’s diabolical.

I am on to you, Clippard.

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