• Cliff Lee’s Strange & Amazing 2012

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Via the Inquirer -

    The product on the field Wednesday embodied an entire season of disappointment. Its poster boy is Cliff Lee, who made the wrong kind of history. He finished 2012 with a 3.16 ERA in 211 innings with 207 strikeouts and 28 walks. His astronomical strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.39 was best in baseball; Joe Blanton’s 4.88 was next closest.

    But Lee’s record shows only six wins. He became the first pitcher in baseball history to win fewer than eight games when posting an ERA lower than 3.20 and striking out more than 200 batters.

    Inexplicably, the Phillies were 12-18 in games started by Lee. They were 10-11 when he allowed three or fewer runs.

    The Phillies drastically failed to support him. His teammates scored 75 runs of support in his 211 innings while Lee permitted 79. It also provided another example against the fallacy of judging a pitcher’s season based upon his win-loss record.

    Cy Young (in 1904) is the only other pitcher in baseball history to have a season with 200+ K’s while walking less than 30 batters.

    Comments on Cliff Lee’s Strange & Amazing 2012

    1. 77yankees
      October 3rd, 2012 | 9:25 pm

      But yet only 6 wins and no postseason.

      David Caruso, Shelley Long & Tiki Barber even must think he’s a fool for spurning the Yanks & Texas.

    2. October 3rd, 2012 | 9:39 pm

      He’s crying all the way to the bank. :-)

    3. 77yankees
      October 3rd, 2012 | 9:51 pm

      @ Steve L.:

      With the MLB minimum salary at what, $450K now, what major leaguer ISN’T crying all the way to the bank?

    4. October 3rd, 2012 | 9:55 pm

      Amen.

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