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Cliff Lee strikes out 10 in seven innings of one-run ball

Oct 6, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

Cliff Lee was somewhat underwhelming in his 15 regular season starts for the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA, but he was his usual dominant self this afternoon back on the playoff stage.
Lee out-dueled David Price with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball, with a Ben Zobrist homer accounting for the only damage. He left with a 5-1 lead and if the Rangers’ bullpen does its job he’ll improve to 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 43/6 K/BB ratio in six career postseason starts. He’s thrown at least seven innings in all six of those starts and has allowed more than one earned run just once.
Between the regular season and playoffs Lee now has a 195/18 K/BB ratio, which works out to an absolutely ridiculous 10.83 strikeouts per walk. Not only is that the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in baseball history, no other pitcher with 200-plus innings has ever reached double-digits.
And now he’ll be waiting for the Rays in Game 5 (or for the Twins-Yankees winner in Game 1 of the ALCS).

  1. birdmancometh - Oct 6, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Or at home watching the ALCS…just saying that possibility is still there.

  2. Giant Space Ants - Oct 6, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Buzzkill!

  3. Schlom - Oct 6, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Does Lee throw too many strikes? Certainly in the first few innings, he either gave up a hit, a line drive out, or got a strikeout. Overall he faced 27 batters. He struck out 10, got 4 groundouts (counting the error), 4 flyouts, 4 line-drive outs, and 5 hits (one HR). Those are some ridiculous percentages – .364 BABIP, 36.4 line drive rate, etc.

  4. Mr. Heyward - Oct 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    no where to post this but i must….Halladay is pitching a perfecto through 2…now it’s jinxed. ahahahahhahahahahhahahahahha

  5. Utley's hair - Oct 6, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    He also has a two out RBI and a run scored from second on a single by some hawaiian guy on the Phightins.

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