Tyler Clippard allowed a leadoff double to Andres Blanco in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 7-5 loss to the Phillies. Blanco, who moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, scored on a wild pitch to Odubel Herrera. It was the latest rough outing in a rough stretch for Clippard, whose role in the eighth could be in jeopardy.
Clippard hasn't recorded a 1-2-3 inning since September 8, when he shut down the Nationals in the eighth. In the nine games he's been in since then, he's allowed eight earned runs and 12 hits in nine innings. Batters are hitting .324 off him in that span. Last month, Clippard complained of back problems, missing all of the Subway Series against the Yankees.
The Mets need pre-September Clippard in the postseason. He had a .150 batting average against from the time he made his first appearance for the Mets on July 28 through early September, and boasted an ERA of 1.21 over those 22 games.
Addison Reed, on the other hand, has impressed during his time with the Mets. Though he has allowed five of his six inherited runners to score in the 15 games he's pitched for New York, he hasn't been charged with a run in any inning he's started. He's allowed 10 hits and four walks in 14 innings of work, and batters are hitting .200 against him.