Maybe the big story last night was Tyler Clippard’s 11th win. Not because it’s a big deal (and not because it highlights how W’s don’t necessarily show you that much) but because it’s so flukey. Clippard is now tied for 3rd place with most wins in a season on the Nats. While that is certainly interesting, I thought there were a couple of competing stories that deserved notice.
The first is the performance of Joel Peralta. Peralta, picked up off the scrap heap earlier this year, has now pitched for more than half of a season, 45 innings (90 would be considered a heavy workload for most, Clippard’s sitting at 85 2/3), and has done so with real success. The first number that jumps out is the ERA of 2.00. 44 strikeouts in those 45 IP also jumps out, but how about the WHIP of 0.80? That’s right, he’s averaging 4 baserunners every 5 innings. And he’s barely allowed any walks, only 9 total. How good is this WHIP?