A Closer Look at Lee’s Masterpiece
Last night’s 10 innings of wonder were just the latest installments to a Phillies season that
has seen some great things on the rubber. Lee collected a bunch of trivia footnotes in going
10 scoreless innings, ultimately yielding after 102 pitches and no run support. His was the
best outing by a Phillies pitcher since Roy Halladay’s NLDS no-no (in this writer’s opinion), with the only thing missing being a win.
We could harp on managerial strategy and lament the missed chance at a win, but I’ll choose instead to delve a bit deeper into Lee’s work and see just what made him so successful in San Francisco Wednesday.
- Up, Up and Away (Literally)
Lee only faced seven lefties in last night’s start, but he seemed to favor an unusual approach when confronting them: throwing up and out of the zone.
Of the 20 pitches he threw to lefty batters Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford – an average under three pitches per PA – Lee threw 12 out of the zone, inducing seven total swings and three whiffs. Schierholtz and Crawford went 0-for-7 against Lee, swinging at pitches out of their comfort zones. Crawford, for his career, his a bit more of a tendency to chase pitches in that area, but neither he nor Schierholtz could really be considered free swingers when it comes to that particular zone.
- A Perfect Curve
- Man at Work