Mets mulling late inning bullpen changes with Tyler Clippard, Addison Reed

Dan Warthen, Tyler Clippard


BaronThings haven’t come easy for Tyler Clippard lately, and the team is starting to take notice as they try and formulate their bullpen plans for the playoffs.

In fact, Clippard’s performance issues have gotten to the point Terry Collins and the coaching staff are considering making Addison Reed their eighth inning reliever, he said on Thursday.

It stands to reason, as Clippard has all of a sudden really struggled, to the point he’s become ineffective at times. He’s allowed ten earned runs in his last 11 2/3 innings over his last 11 outings, elevating his ERA for the year from 2.25 to 2.96 during that span.

As well as Clippard pitched in August, he was really overworked due to the fact the starters weren’t going deep into games and the fact they had a black hole in the seventh inning. It forced Clippard into games he shouldn’t have otherwise been in and was pitching nearly every other day in the process.

That’s not to say fatigue is a primary factor, because ultimately he’s just not locating his pitches which appear to have the same action on them as before. He could just have hit a rut at a time the Mets have to decide how to formulate their late inning plan for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Reed continues to dominate since joining the club, not allowing a run on only ten hits with 15 strikeouts in 15 appearances.

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