How Cliff Lee Succeeded Monday Night – Phillies Nation

How Cliff Lee Succeeded Monday Night


Cliff Lee’s struggles have been well documented, as they should be when a pitcher is in year one of a five-year, $125 million deal. Last night, he changed his tune and sung a sweet song, K-ing 10 and doing some other really, really good things.

-He kept the ball down, something he was unable to do in his previous starts. Of his 10 non-strikeout outs, six were on the ground. No Dodgers really gave any ball a serious charge last night either.

-By my estimation, he only missed high out of the zone 10 times in 117 pitches. Last week against the Nationals, he also missed 10 times high, but in just 96 total pitches.

-Lee mixed in his curveball and changeup nicely, throwing his curve for strikes 59% of the time and his changeup 54% of the time.

-His fastballs were accurate. He threw 89 of them on the night and tossed 64 strikes, a 72% clip.

-While his final pitch count was 117 (third highest for him this season) he stayed relatively steady throughout, ranging from 10 in the sixth inning to 21 pitches in both the third and seventh. Lee didn’t allow an inning to snowball, which is what kept him in the game through seven frames.

-Damage control was huge, too. He got an early double play and left a runner stranded at third base in the first inning. Lee also kept infield/junk hits from becoming runs.

(Stats via Brooks Baseball)

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  1. Brooks

    June 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Interesting when this page was loading up for me, the marqui displayed an Arial font, probably about a 14 in size.
    After loading, it resumed the annoying display almost a garamond display, in italics of course. Oh well –

    I’m not sure which part of the game excited me the most. Seeing Cliff Lee with such command and near flawless defense behind him or Ryan Howard getting a 2 out rbi for the second game in a row (the day before he had 2 of them) or even more… Choochie getting his 12th rbi of the season, a third of the way in once again with 2 out. Regardless, 89 out of 117 pitches were fast balls, over 76% I think that is about his norm isn’t it?

  2. buffy08210

    June 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Do the ten “misses” at the letters mentioned above count intentional high heat? I admit hanging a curve is not such a good idea usually..
    Madson’s “adrenaline” last pitch missed his spot very high but turned into nice high cheese for SO and lights out. Sometimes even mistakes are successful.

  3. bacardipr05

    June 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Man i was starting to get worried about Cliff Lee for a second.

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