Nationals pitcher and Tampa native Tyler Clippard joined The Booger and Ryan Show to discuss James Shields’ Game 1 start and the inconsistent strike zone he was given.
Clippard said he would have a tough time with balls and strikes being called by anyone or anything other than an umpire. Clippard said it takes away from the purity of the game.
Clippard said he has a tough time believing that the early ball strikes against Shields affected the entire game. When you lose a game 7-1 it probably wasn’t everything.
“We realize there’s a human element involved,” Clippard said.
The problem Clippard said is where it becomes inconsistent. He doesn’t mind umpires having different strike zones as long as they are consistent through the game.