Amazing Lee numbers
Posted on: October 13, 2010 7:07 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 7:08 pm
Now that stat-minded folks have had time to digest Tuesday night's game and run some numbers through the databases, some pretty amazing numbers and facts are emerging related to Cliff Lee's dominance.
From Roger Schlueter, senior researcher for MLB Productions:
* Lee has made four postseason starts in which he's struck out at least 10 and walked none. Everyone else in the history of baseball has combined to do that four times.
* Lee (6-0 with a 1.44 ERA in the playoffs) is the second player in baseball history with at least six postseason decisions and no losses. Lefty Gomez (6-0) was the other.
* Lee's .781 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) is fourth-best in playoff history for pitchers with at least 30 innings.
* His 21 strikeouts were tied for most ever in an LDS. Kevin Brown of the Padres did it, but the difference is that Brown walked seven and Lee zero.
* Baseball-reference.com compiled a list of players who have made consecutive postseason starts of seven or more innings with no walks. They found 13 instances, and two of them are Lee, last year and this year. Only two men have done it three starts in a row: Carl Mays (1921) and Deacon Phillippe (1903).
To sum up, Cliff Lee is a good baseball player.
-- David Andriesen
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