Terry Collins sticking with Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning
It was another rough ride for Tyler Clippard in an eighth inning assignment on Friday.
Clippard allowed a double to Howie Kendrick and an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth inning of Friday’s 3-1 win over the Dodgers.
Left-handed hitters hit .137 against Clippard this season, but Clippard’s struggles on Friday night were merely an extension of what has been a troubling month for the Mets reliever.
Clippard allowed ten earned runs in his final 12 2/3 innings of the regular season.
His struggles got to the point where Terry Collins was considering switching his eighth inning role with Addison Reed’s seventh inning role for the playoffs, but he hesitated and left Clippard in the eighth inning.
Asked if he would consider shifting Clippard now that the playoffs have begun, Collins said it wasn’t likely.
“No, you might, but I’m not going to,” Collins explained after Friday’s win.