WASHINGTON -- After allowing four unearned runs to the Angels in a 4-2 loss on Monday night, Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard indicated that he may be tipping his pitches. But manager Matt Williams believes Clippard has a problem with his location.
"I looked at every angle. I looked at the pitches that he has thrown, I would say no, I don't think he is tipping pitches," Williams said. "I think he is missing location, and that's getting him in trouble, especially with his fastball. I don't think he is giving it away."
Entering Wednesday's action, Clippard had a respectable 3.72 ERA, and said he doesn't look at ERA. He simply feels he is not doing his job.
"It has not been very successful," Clippard said. "I'm truly worried about winning games. I've been on the mound in a lot of close games this year. I haven't really got the job done like I usually do, like I expect myself to do. So far, it hasn't been good, in my opinion. But there is a long season ahead of me, and I know myself. I'm not too worried about it."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.