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.