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Nationals | Tyler Clippard reinvents himself with splitter

Washington Nationals RP Tyler Clippard is now incorporating his splitter into the mix more often after unveiling it for the first time last fall. However, he only uses it as a complement to his fastball-changeup combination, throwing it once every 20 pitches or so. "It's a normal part of my repertoire at this point," Clippard said. "I mean, I still have to find the right spots to throw it. I'm not going to be just fastball-split. It's definitely my third or fourth pitch. But it's something that I'm going to use consistently." Clippard grips the ball wider than the seams and otherwise throws it the same as he would his fastball. However, it's less maintenance than his curveball.

Fantasy Tip: Clippard remains a fine fantasy baseball commodity for his peripherals once he can get on track this year, even if he isn't closing. Rafael Soriano is the team's ninth-inning man, and Drew Storen is still in his way, too, so it'll once again take a few injuries before he's likely back in a closing role, however.

2014-04-15 12:31:31 | Source: The Washington Post - Adam Kilgore

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