Cliff Lee: The Numbers Tell the Story

19 Jun

I haven’t done one of these numbers posts in a while and if anyone deserves a closer look at his numbers,  it’s Cliff (“I want to win.”) Lee.  So here we go.

  • 9  Lee got his ninth win last night to improve to 9-2 on the season with a 2.53 ERA.  (He also struck out 9.)
  • 5  The number of hits Lee allowed in eight innings against the Washington Nationals.
  • 110   The number of pitches it took Lee to go eight strong innings to beat the Nationals 4-2.

But check out this next one.

  • 82   Of those 110 pitches he threw, 82 of them were strikes.  (You might want to read that one again.)
  • 0    The number of walks Lee gave up.
  • 24  Now this one could be scary if the Lee trade talks ever really heat up because so far this season Cliff Lee has 24% of the Phillies wins.
  • 1  The number of three ball counts Lee had last night.
  • 11, 13  Lee retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and 13 of the final 15.
  • 98   The number of strikeouts Lee has this season with only 17 walks
  • 5   It’s Lee’s fifth win in a row.

OK, let’s let some other guys play.

  • .408  Michael Young’s batting average in the last 12 games.  He tied a career high with 3 doubles last night
  • .375   And let’s not forget Kevin Frandsen’s batting average either.  He has gone 9-24 in his last 22 games providing some big hits while Chase Utley remains on the DL.
  • 957   Ryan Howard got his 957 RBI with a sacrifice fly.  That ties him with Sam Thompson for fifth on the Phillies all-time list.
  • 999 While we’re talking about RBIs, Michael Young drove in one run last night.  His next one brings him to 1000.
  • 1 1/2  The Phils actually picked up a game and a half over the Atlanta Braves who lost a double-header to the Mets. (The Mets??)  They’re now tied with the Nationals for second place 7 games back of the Braves.
  • 7    Carlos Zambrano (who?) a pitcher who the Phillies signed recently to a Minor League contract, threw seven scoreless innings, striking out six  for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  The next start Zambrano makes could be for the Phillies.
  • 0   (take 2) The number of rehab starts Carlos Ruiz had before re-joining the Phillies last night.  ‘Atta boy Chooch
  • 2  And I can’t leave this one out, perhaps the most impressive of all.  (Sorry Cliff.)  With last night’s stand-up triple, Ryan Howard, bum knee and all, has hit 2 triples this season.  He only had 1 triple in 2011 and 2012 combined.
  • 38, 188   Number of fans at Citizen Bank Park who enjoyed cheering on Cliff Lee and booing Jayson Werth.  (Also the number of razors it would take to give Werth a badly needed shave and a haircut!)
Jayson, Jayson, are you in there???

Jayson, Jayson, are you in there???


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