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Lee’s Dominant Month

Cliff Lee has been unhittable this month.

How unhittable?

Glad you asked. Lee went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in June. According to Elias Sports Bureau, since earned runs were first recorded on official scores – 1912 in the NL and 1913 in the AL – only six other starting pitchers went 5-0 or better with an ERA that low in a calendar month:

  • Guy Bush in August 1926 (6-0, 0.19 ERA)
  • Fernando Valenzuela in April 1981 (5-0, 0.20)
  • Nolan Ryan in May 1984 (5-0, 0.20)
  • Mike Witt in August 1986 (5-0, 0.21)
  • Orel Hershiser in September 1988 (5-0, 0.00)
  • Cory Lidle in August 2002 (5-0, 0.20).

Lee has thrown a shutout while allowing six or fewer hits in each of his last three starts.  The last pitcher to have a three-start streak like that was Toronto’s Roger Clemens in August 1998.


More from Elias: The matchup between Josh Beckett and Lee was the first since 1985 matching one pitcher leading his league in ERA against another who threw a shutout in each of his two previous starts.  That last happened on Sept. 11, 1985, when Dwight Gooden faced John Tudor at Shea Stadium.


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