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.

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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.

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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.

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