Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez until Spring Training. Enjoy.
2012 marked Tyler Clippard’s fifth season in Washington, and his ERA was the highest it had been since his first year on the staff. But don’t be deceived by the numbers. Clippard’s worth last season was measured by much more than his ERA.
When Drew Storen was injured and it became apparent that flamethrower Henry Rodriguez was not going to work out as a closer, Clippard seamlessly stepped into the closer role for the first time in his career, and he did a phenomenal job of filling in. In 50 games as a closer, Clippard had a 3.70 ERA and a .196 batting average against. He struck out 56 batters, recorded 32 saves (seventh in the NL) and had only four blown saves.
Clippard’s first day with his n...