OK, I'm kidding, but please tell me I'm not the only one who has watched Cliff Lee's three playoff starts and come away wondering how an Orioles team that was offensively challenged for much of 2010 so had its way with the ace left-hander.
Consider the following:
Rec   ERA   IP   ER   H   HR   BB   Ks
Lee's 3 playoff starts 3-0 0.75 24 2 13 1 1 34
Lee's 3 starts vs. O's in 2010 1-2 6.14 22 15 27 7 1 8
Some things you can't explain, though several Orioles hitters said they didn't mind facing Lee at all. It helped that the lefty clearly didn't bring his good stuff into two of his three starts against the Orioles this past season. But the Orioles are a free-swinging bunch, and they liked that they knew what was coming with Lee. More often than not, he was going to throw a first-pitch strike, and the Orioles were ready to swing at it.
Orioles rookie third baseman Josh Bell went 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBIs against Lee this season. Nick Markakis was 5-for-11 with a homer, Adam Jones was 3-for-11 with a homer and Ty Wigginton was 3-for-10 with a homer.
They should have given Julio Lugo some tips. Against Lee this season, Lugo went 0-for-11. Some of the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays can relate.
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