Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 Chachi #71 Strikeout Leaders - Cliff Lee & Cole Hamels

Braves 1, Phillies 0
Game 160 - Friday Night, September 27th in Atlanta
Record - 72-88, 4th Place, 23 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  With the exception of the home run allowed to Chris Johnson in the eighth, Cliff Lee pitched a phenomenal ballgame in a 1-0 loss to the Braves.

What It Means:  It was Lee's final start of the season, and he finished with a 14-8 record and a 2.87 ERA.  Lee struck out 222 in 222 2/3 innings while walking only 32.  He finished the month of September with 54 strikeouts to just one walk, making him the first pitcher in baseball history to strikeout 50 or more and walk one or less in any given month.  That's pretty impressive.

What Went Wrong:  The offense managed two hits off Kris Medlen, and they've now scored five runs in their last five games.  They have not hit a home run in nine consecutive games, which is the longest homerless drought since 1989.

Featured Card:  I'm breaking out the first Chachi team leader card with two games left in the season only because both Lee and Cole Hamels have pitched in their last games this year.  For the second season in a row, the duo recorded over 200 strikeouts a piece, making it the fifth time in overall franchise history that's happened.

1965 - Jim Bunning (268) and Chris Short (237)
2010 - Roy Halladay (219) and Hamels (211)
2011 - Lee (238) and Halladay (220)
2012 - Hamels (216) and Lee (207)
2013 - Lee (222) and Hamels (202)

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