Line of the Day: Cliff Lee

Posted on 19 April 2012 by Daniel Aubain

April 18, 2012: Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched 10 scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in 11 innings. He threw 81 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Enough said.

Line: 10 IP | 7 H | 0 ER | 0 BB | 7 K; ND | QS

Fun Facts: Lee became the first pitcher to pitch 10 innings in a game since Aaron Harang and Roy Halladay in 2007, the first pitcher to pitch 10 scoreless innings since Mark Mulder in 2005 and the first Phillies pitcher to pitch 10 innings since Terry Mulholland in 1993.

My fantasy perspective: Lee continues to prove he’s a dominant fantasy baseball ace and rewarding owners who invested an ADP of 22.2 with everything you’d expect in 2012, except a win. In three starts, Lee is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 18 K’s in 23 innings pitched (7.04 K/9 and 9.00 K/BB ratios). Ask anyone who understands advanced baseball metrics about pitcher wins and you’ll hear all about how they are out of the pitcher’s control. But they still matter in fantasy baseball, so owners may be getting a little frustrated if they penciled in Lee for 18-20 wins this season.

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