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Cliff Lee’s post-season game scores

Posted by Andy on October 29, 2009

Wow...what an inaugural post-season for Cliff Lee. He has already placed two starts in the top 80 of all-time post-season starts, as determined by game score. See the full list here.

If we look just in the latest high-offense era (i.e. the Steroids Era), Lee's two great games this playoff season rank in the top 23:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str **GmSc** IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--------+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Roger Clemens     2000-10-14    ALCS   4 NYY @SEA W  5-0  SHO9  ,W   9    1  0  0  2 15  0 138  87     98         30 28  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    2 Josh Beckett      2003-10-12    NLCS   5 FLA  CHC W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    2  0  0  1 11  0 115  80     93         30 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    3 Kevin Brown       1998-09-29    NLDS   1 SDP @HOU W  2-1  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  2 16  0 119  77     92         28 25  0  0   0   1  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    4 Randy Johnson     2001-10-28    WS     2 ARI  NYY W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1 11  0 110  76     91         30 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
    5 Randy Johnson     2001-10-16    NLCS   1 ARI  ATL W  2-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1 11  0 125  87     91         31 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    6 Livan Hernandez   1997-10-12    NLCS   5 FLA  ATL W  2-1  CG 9  ,W   9    3  1  1  2 15  1 143  88     90         31 29  0  1   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   1.00 

    7 Curt Schilling    2001-10-09    NLDS   1 ARI  STL W  1-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1  9  0 101  74     89         32 30  2  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
    8 Kevin Millwood    1999-10-06    NLDS   2 ATL  HOU W  5-1  CG 9  ,W   9    1  1  1  0  8  1             89         29 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.00 
    9 Kevin Brown       1998-10-08    NLCS   2 SDP @ATL W  3-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  3 11  0 122  78     89         32 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  1   0.00 

   10 Mike Hampton      2000-10-16    NLCS   5 NYM  STL W  7-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1  8  0 120  74     88         31 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   11 Bobby Jones       2000-10-08    NLDS   4 NYM  SFG W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    1  0  0  2  5  0 116  73     88         30 28  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   12 Mike Mussina      1997-10-15    ALCS   6 BAL  CLE L  0-1  GS-8       8    1  0  0  2 10  0 107  73     88         27 25  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

   13 Josh Beckett      2007-10-03    ALDS   1 BOS  LAA W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    4  0  0  0  8  0 108  83     87         31 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1   0.00 
   14 Roger Clemens     2000-10-22    WS     2 NYY  NYM W  6-5  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  0  9  0 112  78     87         28 27  0  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1   0.00 
   15 John Smoltz       1997-10-03    NLDS   3 ATL @HOU W  4-1  CG 9  ,W   9    3  1  1  1 11  1 103  76     87         32 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   1.00 

   16 Cliff Lee         2009-10-18    NLCS   3 PHI  LAD W 11-0  GS-8  ,W   8    3  0  0  0 10  0 114  76     86         26 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   17 Cole Hamels       2008-10-01    NLDS   1 PHI  MIL W  3-1  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  1  9  0 101  67     86         27 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   18 Jason Schmidt     2003-09-30    NLDS   1 SFG  FLA W  2-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  0  5  0 111  82     86         31 30  0  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

   19 Curt Schilling    2001-10-19    NLCS   3 ARI @ATL W  5-1  CG 9  ,W   9    4  1  1  2 12  0 127  83     85         32 30  2  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  1  1  0  0   1.00 
   20 Denny Neagle      1997-10-11    NLCS   4 ATL @FLA W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    4  0  0  1  7  0 107  75     85         32 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   21 Tom Glavine       1995-10-28    WS     6 ATL  CLE W  1-0  GS-8  ,W   8    1  0  0  3  8  0 109  67     85         27 24  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  1  0  0  0   0.00 

   22 Josh Beckett      2003-10-25    WS     6 FLA @NYY W  2-0  SHO9  ,W   9    5  0  0  2  9  0 107  71     84         32 29  2  0   0   0  1  0   2  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

   23 Cliff Lee         2009-10-28    WS     1 PHI @NYY W  6-1  CG 9  ,W   9    6  1  0  0 10  0 122  80     83         32 32  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   24 Pedro Martinez    1999-10-16    ALCS   3 BOS  NYY W 13-1  GS-7  ,W   7    2  0  0  2 12  0             83         25 23  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   25 Greg Maddux       1995-10-21    WS     1 ATL  CLE W  3-2  CG 9  ,W   9    2  2  0  0  4  0  95  63     83         30 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  2  0  0  0  0   0.00 

For a little perspective, from 1992 through yesterday, there have been 512 playoff games, meaning 1,024 starts by pitchers, and two out of Lee's three career playoff starts rank higher than 1,000 other starts. Incidentally, his 3rd start comes in at #55, so that's no slouch either. (That one was a 6-hit complete game with 1 earned run. He struck out only 5 guys, though.)

If the Phillies win the World Series again this year, I'd have to think that the Lee acquisition will go down as one of the best deadline deals in history. It's nice for Ruben Amaro Jr., too, as otherwise many people would claim that the 2009 Phillies were still Pat Gillick's team (which they largely are, but Amaro certainly deserves a lot of credit.)

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2 Responses to “Cliff Lee’s post-season game scores”

  1. Prior to Lee's CG last night, the previous WS CG was Josh Becket, Game 6 of the 2003 World Series - 21 WS games ago. That is 2nd only to the 32 game streak (Greg Maddux (1995 World Series Game 1) to Randy Johnson (2001 World Series Game 2)). Johnson's '01 Game 2 CG is the last home WS CG.

    In case you were wondering, the last time both starting pitchers completed a WS game was game 7 of the 1968 World Series - Lolich & Gibson.

  2. Three games "better than perfect", including one in which 5 walks were issued? I'd say Game Score needs a tweak or two.....