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Sure, the nature of Tyler Clippard's win in the All-Star Game is a little bit surprising. He came on for one batter, allowed him to reach base, but was bailed out when Hunter Pence threw a dart to home plate. Because he was technically still in the game when Prince Fielder hit what would prove to be the go ahead three-run home run, he is credited with the win. While all that is noteworthy, perhaps the most surprising thing about it was that Tyler Clippard got a win at all.
Clippard has made 41 appearances for the Nats this year, but because he usually comes in the game in a hold situation to set up Drew Storen for a save. Which means that he doesn't usually have a chance to get a win. In fact, the win he earned in the All Star Game matches his entire total from the year to date. Not bad for one batter's work. Clippard was able to see the humor in getting the win.
"It was very ironic,'' Clippard said of getting a vulture win. "Last year was weird, and [Tuesday's All-Star Game] was more of the same. I haven't had this happen this year. Fortunately, I've been able to keep us in the lead when we've had it, but this was a little bit different situation. But it worked out.''
Clippard came into the All-Star game with a 1-0 record. He had the same mark in the game itself. No wonder it is so hard for a middle reliever to make the Midsummer Classic.
For the second straight year, a Washington Nationals reliever was the winning pitcher at the All-Star Game. One year after Matt Capps picked up the victory in 2010, Tyler Clippard earned the win in 2011, as the National League picked up their second straight victory in defeating the American League, 5-1.
Clippard faced just one batter, and actually gave up a hit. He came on to relieve Cliff Lee with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning and surrendered a single to Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Luckily, left fielder Hunter Pence of the Houston Astros gunned out Jose Bautista trying to score from second base to end the inning. At the time, the AL led, 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, though, Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers hit a three-run home run to center field to give the NL a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Clippard was scheduled to be replaced by Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but since he was technically the live pitcher, he earned the decision.
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Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard was honored and excited to be selected to the 2011 NL All-Star squad this year and he hoped to get in the game and make a difference. Clippard came into the game in the fourth inning with the NL All-Stars down 1-0, faced one batter to end his night and now, surprisingly is in line possibly to get the win for the National League.
After allowing a single to Adrian Beltre and then having Hunter Pence gun down Jose Bautista for the final out of the fourth, Clippard's night was finished. However in the top of the fifth Prince Fielder took C.J. Wilson yard for a three-run home run to give the NL a 3-1 lead. This puts Clippard in position to be the winning pitcher if the score holds up.
Clippard is the lone National to be selected to be in the All-Star game in Arizona. He threw only three pitches, but it was enough to possibly put his mark on the game. In 2010 the Nationals All-Star representative Matt Capps earned the win for the NL squad and if Tuesday's score stands it will be the second consecutive year a National pitcher wins an All-Star game.
The 2011 All-Star Game is underway with the AL leading the NL 1-0 and the Washington Nationals lone all-star, Tyler Clippard, came to the mound in the fourth inning.
Clippard is inherited a two men on, two out situation from Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee. Lee gave up a solo home run to Boston Red Sox all-star Adrian Gonzalez. He then gave up back-to-back singles to Jose Bautista and Josh Hamilton to bring bring in Clippard who was wearing the Nationals home white uniform and blue-bottomed cleats.
After his warm up pitches, Clippard then had Adrian Beltre to contend with. Clippard threw three pitches: all four-seam fastballs, two registering 92 MPH and one at 93 MPH. Beltre unloaded on Clippard's third pitch for a single with Bautista heading home for another run. However Hunter Pence gunned down Bautista at the plate to end the inning.
Clippard was the last non-starter introduced during player introductions and got a modest reception.
The lineups and the rosters for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game live from Phoenix have been finalized, and Tyler Clippard remains the only member of the Washington Nationals there. Even after a number of injury replacements, it'll only be Clippard holding up D.C.'s honor.
Here are the starting lineups for each team:
C Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
3B Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers*
SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians*
OF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
OF Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees
OF Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
SP Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
C Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
1B Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
2B Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
3B Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds*
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies*
OF Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals
OF Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
LF Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
DH Carlos Beltran, New York Mets
SP Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
For more on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, visit Baseball Nation.
When Tyler Clippard was a highly ranked prospect in the Yankee's organization, he was a starting pitcher. When he was traded to the Washington Nationals and then asked to come out of the bullpen two years later, he didn't take it very well at first. But then Clippard committed to his new position, and has played well enough this year to be named to the 2011 MLB All-Star Team.
Based on his comments in an article from Bill Ladson about his feelings about the position now, it seems like he is pretty comfortable with his role on the staff.
"With all the great arms that we have in the Nationals' organization coming up, and the guys that are throwing now, my role is exactly where it needs to be to help this club win a championship," Clippard said. "So I'm content with that. I think I could start again. Is it going to happen? Probably not. I'm in a role that I'm very comfortable in and I'm having a lot of success. If it's not broke, don't fix it."
Clippard has great stuff, and the perfect demeanor of a setup man. His unique delivery also throws teams off track, and they have a hard time getting used to it in his limited exposure. It took great insight on the Nationals part to recognize that Clippard had the tools to succeed in the bullpen, and god patience and understanding from Clippard to accept his role. It seems to have worked out for everyone.
The 2011 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night, and it figures to be as competitive as the Home Run Derby was on Monday. It begins at 8 pm, and can be seen on FOX. Good pitching usually beats good hitting, and we have a pretty good matchup of right handers in Jered Weaver and Roy Halladay to start the game. But it will be hard to shut down these lineups for very long.
The AL team, led by the final pairing in the Derby last night, is absolutely stacked.
But the NL still has some pop of their own.
You can't really judge the MLB All-Star rosters when they are first released because they will evolve so much based on injuries. When the rosters were first released there were two Nationals who had an argument to be named a snubbed, and neither of them were selected as injury replacements. Danny Espinosa and Michael Morse will get a nice little vacation for three days, instead of heading out to Arizona for the All-Star Game.
Espinosa is one of the leading candidates for NL Rookie of the Year because of his power numbers, but he also brings excellent defense to the second base position. He is hitting just .242, but he has 16 home runs, 15 doubles and 52 rbi. I would expect him to make this game very soon.
The other snub is Michale Morse, who is having a breakout season as the Nationals replacement for Adam LaRoche at first base. Morse is hitting .309 with 15 home runs and 49 rbi. His production has been unexpectd, but his above average defense at first base is the real bonus.
As you probably know, the Nats have Tyler Clippard as their lone representative in Arizona.
Michael Morse will not be the second member of the Washington Nationals to make the 2011 MLB All-Star Game roster for the National League. Morse finished a distant fourth out of five players in the voting for the NL "Final Vote" on MLB.com, according to CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman.
Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies won the vote, defeating Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, Todd Helton of the Rockies, Morse and Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks, in that order. Victorino is currently injured, but won despite that. Paul Konerko was the winner in the American League.
Morse loses despite a team campaign to get him into the game. The team passed out "Beast Mode" T-shirts and asked fans at Nationals Park and online to vote for Morse. Alas, it did not turn out as the team had hoped. Tyler Clippard, barring any injury replacements, will be the Nationals' only representative.
For more on Morse, visit Federal Baseball.
It's most certainly that time of year, the time for baseball fans to bemoan the non-selection of their obviously deserving major league baseball player for the annual MLB All Star Game. Luckily for fans of the Washington Nationals, there are more than one snub they get to bemoan. Bespectacled Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard was Washington's lone All Star selection, but arguments could easily be made for Nats youngsters Danny Espinosa and Jordan Zimmermann to be on the National League squad as well.
Going into Sunday's game, Espinosa may have only been hitting .242, but he leads all rookies in home runs (15), runs batted in (48), slugging (.465) and OPS (.793). He's also tied for second in stolen bases, with nine. Unfortunately, barring an injury to Rickie Weeks of the Brewers or Brandon Phillips of the Reds, Espinosa will not make this year's squad, though it's pretty obvious he has a few All Star game appearances in his future.
If you've watched the Nationals all year, it's become quite apparent Jordan Zimmermann is the ace of the staff. The young righty has pitched less than six innings in a game just twice in his 16 starts, none since the end of April. He is fifth in the National League in ERA, with a 2.63 ERA and eight in WHIP. Sadly, his 5-7 record probably keeps him off the list no matter how many positive stats are mentioned.
A final note - I can't quite count Washington's Michael Morse as a snub yet, as he is part of the Final Five vote for the last N.L. roster representative. I don't think he's going to win, but he is hitting .299 on the season with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs, which ain't too shabby. And for those texters perhaps needing one more reason to vote for Morse? Since May 22nd he has led the entire National league in home runs and runs batted in.
For complete All Star game coverage, and a full list of snubs, visit Baseball Nation.
The Washington Nationals only had one player named to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game roster in Tyler Clippard, but fans may be able to send one more to the game. Michael Morse is one of five players on the list for the "Final Vote" for the National League, which allows fans to vote for one more player to make the team.
Morse will have to fight off four other players to make the team. Those four are Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies, Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Morse got off to a slow start, but went on an incredible tear in May and June, and is now arguably one of the top hitters in the NL. On the season, Morse is hitting .299 with 15 home runs and 46 RBI. Fourteen of those home runs and 37 of those RBIs came after May 1.
Here's how you can vote Morse into the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.
The 2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters have just been announced, and the Washington Nationals' representative is reliever Tyler Clippard. Clippard makes the team on account of his excellent season out of the Nationals' bullpen, and it's a much-deserving honor for him.
The Nationals have been able to rely on Clippard to hold leads all season. He currently sports a 1-0 record and a 1.96 ERA in 37 appearances and 46 innings. He also has a spectacular 0.87 WHIP, and has struck out 57 hitters and walked just 15. He had an excellent season in 2010, and has followed it up with an even better season in 2011.
The disappointment, though, is that other Nationals did not make the team. Second baseman Danny Espinosa was left out despite bashing 15 home runs and 48 RBI with good defense. Starter Jordan Zimmermann didn't make it despite being fifth in the NL in ERA. Closer Drew Storen didn't make it despite posting 20 saves, and Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman also were shut out.
The rosters for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game are set to be announced at noon on Sunday. While none of the Washington Nationals will be voted in as starters for the game, at least one will be on the roster. Truthfully, it probably should be more than one, given the way the team has been playing.
Here's what you need to know about the selection show.
Time: The MLB All-Star Selection Show is scheduled to begin at noon. It will last a full hour, presumably to give the commentators a chance to overanalyze it.
Nationals candidates: You'd have to think Danny Espinosa and Jordan Zimmermann are the leading candidates to make the game, but there could be others. Ryan Zimmerman, despite missing most of the year, could find his way into the game. Also, Drew Storen, Michael Morse and Wilson Ramos need to be watched.
For the latest on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game voting, stay with this StoryStream. We'll be back with results and analysis as the teams are announced at 12 p.m. EDT.
Thursday is the last day to vote for your 2011 MLB All-Star starters. The results will be announced on July 3rd, and then fans will have a few days to vote for the final three players included on each team. You can find the ballot here. The good news is that somehow, whether it be through the fan voting or the election of the reserves, a member of the Washington Nationals has to make the All-Star roster. The bad news is that it likely won't come as a starter, because looking at the latest leaders, there isn't a National even close to earning a starting spot.
You would have to figure that the team's best chances were in the outfield with Jayson Werth and at third base with Ryan Zimmerman just based on name recognition But Werth has been awful and Zimmerman has been injured for most of the year. If i had to guess right now, I would say that the Nationals elected All-Star will comes down to either Tyler Clippard, Michael Morse or Danny Espinosa. But based on the latest results, it's probably only going to be one of them.
We'll be following the All-Star results in this stream, but check out Federal Baseball for more on the Nationals.
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