Not Lee's first Series stumble
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 1:26 am
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood! Nobody!" -- Ben Stiller in "Dodgeball"
Well, turns out Cliff Lee is not a robot after all. You cut him, he bleeds. And the supposed freebie the Rangers were going to get by running him out for Game 1 of the World Series was not to be.
Although Lee came into the game unbeaten in the postseason for his career, Wednesday was not the first time he'd struggled in the World Series. In Game 5 last year, pitching against the Yankees as a member of the Phillies, he gave up five earned runs, seven hits and walked three.
In that game, he happened to luck into the win (and luck into opposing A.J. Burnett) as the Phillies scored six times in the first three innings of an 8-6 victory. The most significant difference in the pitching lines is that with the lead, Lee was able to go seven innings last year.
2009: 7 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 112 pitches
2010: 4.2 innings, 8 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 104 pitches
The Texas offense couldn't rescue him in this one.
-- David Andriesen
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