Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks.
From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per nine innings. That’s the lowest walk rate for any
pitcher with 200 or more innings since 1933, when Cincinnati’s Red Lucas walked 18 guys in 219 innings.
Given how different the game is now — guys take a ton more walks these days — Lee’s mark is more impressive in my mind. Not that saying so sullies the memory of Red Lucas, because really, how can any of us think about Red Lucas in a way other than that which the media and historians have been pounding him into our consciousness for the past several decades?