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Cliff Lee establishing himself in the postseason

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ALCS Rangers Yankees BaseballAfter every game, the Yankees — or any team, really — hand out a list of postgame notes. Most are odds and ends, touching on several random stats and such. This time, the Cliff Lee stats filled roughly half of the page.

• Lee has won six straight postseason starts. The record for the most consecutive postseason starts with a win is held by Bob Gibson who won seven straight from 1964 to 1968. All of Gibson’s starts came in the World Series.

• Lee has won all seven of his postseason decisions, tied with Orel Hershiser for the second-most playoff wins before taking a loss. The longest such streak belongs to Orlando Hernandez who won eight straight decisions to start his postseason career with the Yankees.

• Before he walked Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning, Lee had gone 21 straight postseason innings without a walk.

• Lee’s 13 strikeouts gave him six double-digit strikeout games in eight postseason starts and set a new career postseason high. He is the first pitcher in big league history to reach double digit strikeouts in three consecutive games in a single postseason. Gibson did it in three straight postseason games, but they were spread across two postseasons.

• Gibson and Lee are the only pitchers in postseason history to strikeout 10 batters in five of their first eight postseason starts. Gibson walked at least one batter in each of his five games. Lee had a total of one start in all five combined.

• There have been 31 games in postseason history in which a pitcher has struck out at least 10 batters and walked no more than one. Lee has pitched five of those games. No other pitcher has thrown more than two.

• Lee has pitched 24 innings this postseason, 22 of them scoreless.

• From the Mark-Feinsand-point-this-out file: Lee has a 1.26 ERA in eight career postseason starts. That’s the fourth-lowest postseason ERA of any pitcher with at least 50 innings. The three ahead of him: Mariano Rivera, Sandy Koufax and Christy Mathewson.

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