Apr 15, 2011, 11:46 AM EST
Cliff Lee was brilliant against the Nationals last night, hurling a complete-game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk.
He also struck out 12 and needed only 99 pitches to record 27 outs, becoming the first pitcher since Chris Carpenter in 2009 to throw a complete-game shutout with double-digit strikeouts while using fewer than 100 pitches.
Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com, here’s a list of all the pitchers to accomplish that since 2000:
DATE SO PIT Cliff Lee 4-14-11 12 99 Chris Carpenter 9-7-09 10 99 Chris Carpenter 6-14-05 10 95 Roy Halladay 5-29-05 10 99 Roy Oswalt 4-16-04 10 91 Mike Mussina 5-1-01 10 99 Curt Schilling 4-10-01 10 93
It has happened only seven times in 10-plus seasons and Lee is the only guy to have more than 10 strikeouts in a sub-100-pitch shutout.
Also worth noting: Of the seven such games, two belong to Carpenter, two belong to retired guys, and the other three belong to current members of the Phillies’ rotation. Which makes me wonder if anyone has written anything about Philadelphia’s starting pitching likely being good this season?
- Report: Two agents rumbled in the parking lot at the Winter Meetings 30
- Mets sign 40-year-old Bartolo Colon for two years, $20 million 39
- MLB rules committee decides to eliminate collisions at home plate 63
- Mariners sign Corey Hart to incentive-laden deal 28
- David Price would not consider an extension with the Mariners if he’s traded there 35
- Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners (260)
- Report: Mariners willing to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year, $240 million deal (143)
- Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran (125)
- Not everyone is happy about home plate collisions being taken away (115)
- Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest (113)