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Cliff Lee’s Great September

Posted By Bill Baer On September 23, 2013 @ 7:15 am In MLB,Philadelphia Phillies | 24 Comments

If not for some poor outfield defense yesterday afternoon against the Mets, Cliff Lee would have walked away for the fourth time in four attempts thus far in September. Instead, he was saddled with a bad luck loss and the Phillies were swept at the hands of their division rivals.

It has come with little fanfare, but Lee’s September has been incredible. Take a look:

Date Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP Pit GSc
Sep 6 ATL W,2-1 8.0 2 1 1 0 10 1 1 103 84
Sep 11 SDP W,4-2 8.0 5 2 2 1 9 2 0 110 72
Sep 16 MIA W,12-2 8.0 8 2 2 0 14 0 0 113 72
Sep 22 NYM L,3-4 7.0 8 3 2 0 8 0 0 88 59
214.2 190 76 70 32 209 21 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/23/2013.

In September, Lee has struck out 35 percent of batters and he has walked just one — less than one percent of batters faced! It’s a 41-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The month-long effort might actually result in some fourth- or fifth-place NL Cy Young award votes for Lee, who is showing no signs of aging at 34 years old.


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