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Cliff Lee is the fourth pitcher since 1995 to throw 90 strikes in a playoff game

Oct 13, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

It’s been, like, an hour since I posted an amazing Cliff Lee stat, so …
Lee threw 90 of his 120 pitches for strikes in last night’s complete-game win over the Rays, becoming the first pitcher since Orlando Hernandez in 2000 to throw 90 or more strikes in a playoff game.
El Duque threw 91 strikes in Game 3 of the World Series that year, taking a loss against the Mets while throwing 134 total pitches. Since the playoffs expanded in 1995 the only other pitchers to throw 90 or more strikes in a postseason game are David Wells in 1998 and Randy Johnson in 1997.
Also of note: Between the regular season and playoffs there have been three instances of someone throwing 90 or more strikes in a game this year. Cliff Lee has two of them and Brandon Morrow has the other.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    What about the game that Eric Gregg called for Livan Hernandez…where every pitch he threw was a strike?

  2. Jonny5 - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    And the Phills only allowed 11 hits in their series against Cinci. In case you were wondering. It is now the new record for fewest hits allowed in a post season series. EVER. Cliff Lee is awesome, and I’d love to have him back.

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