Washington continued adding monthly awards to their season total, as Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon that Nationals closer Tyler Clippard has been named the Delivery Man of the Month for June. MLB awards the honor to the top relief pitcher across both leagues for each month, rather than having one winner in each league. Perhaps this will serve as some degree of consolation for the fact that Clippard was left off the NL All Star roster for next week’s game in Kansas City.
Clippard converted all ten of his save opportunities during the month of June, throwing 11.2 scoreless innings across 12 appearances. He allowed just six hits and walked two, while striking out 12.
Clippard has been dominant since stepping into the closer’s role for the Nationals after Brad Lidge and Henry Rodriguez failed to hold down the role in Drew Storen‘s absence. Clippard has done so well in it that Storen is expected to step into a setup role upon his return in a couple of weeks, rather than re-assuming the closer’s role right away. For Clippard, a former starter turned reliever, circumstances couldn’t have played out better for him as he’s been vocal about his desire to close in the past. He’s taking off with the opportunity, saving 13 games on the year and has yet to allow a run in a save opportunity.