CC (Cliff and Chase) Beats CC
How good were Cliff Lee and Chase Utley last night in Game 1 of the World Series?
- Lee, who threw a six-hit complete game in a 6-1 victory over the Yankees, is 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA (two earned runs in 33 1/3 innings) in four starts this postseason. He has the seventh-best ERA of any pitcher in a single postseason in baseball history. Waite Hoyt (1921), Carl Hubbell (1933), Christy Mathewson (1905) and Kenny Rogers (2006) had 0.00 ERAs. Sandy Koufax had a 0.38 ERA in 1965 and Harry Brecheen had a 0.45 ERA in 1946. Lee is next, although he is the only one of those pitchers to throw more than 30 innings in a single postseason.
- Utley hit a pair of home runs against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia to join Babe Ruth as the only two people to hit two home runs against a left-handed pitcher in a World Series game.
- Lee pitched the first complete game in the World Series since Marlins right-hander Josh Beckett threw one against the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series. Lee was just the third pitcher in World Series history to have no walks and 10 strikeouts in a game. Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe (Game 1 of the 1903 World Series against the Red Sox) and Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe (Game 1 of the 1949 World Series against the Yankees) were the others.
- Utley became the third player in Phillies World Series history to have a multi-homer game. Lenny Dykstra hit two against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series at Veterans Stadium, and Ryan Howard hit two against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series at Citizens Bank Park.
- Utley has reached base safely in 26 consecutive postseason games to set a Major League record.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Eighteen of the last 21 teams to win Game 1 have won the World Series.
Anybody else think that Yankees bullpen looks like trouble?