According to Phillies Twitter experts, Cliff Lee pitched a gem last night. He didn't give up 12 hits in 6 innings, luck did. He didn't allow 5 runs in 6 innings, luck did. Nope, he was stellar as always, because he struck out 9, only walked 2, and didn't surrender any homeruns.
I'm sick of all this BABIP nonsense. Not all pitches are created equal. Not all balls in play are created equal. To suggest the pitcher has no control over whether a batted ball is an out or a hit is silly. I love me some stats, but people that feel the need to quantify everything through the means of numerical "evidence" are a bit much for me.
Because the Cardinals's were batting .600 (12-20) when they put the ball in play, that's considered astronomically high above the average BABIP (AVG- .300), so Lee's outing is chalked up to being extremely unlucky, as if he is in no way at fault for blowing a 4 run lead.
I get it, sometimes a pitcher makes his pitch, but the batter bloops a hit anyway. However, when a guy is getting beat to death (3 doubles, 2 triples), then it's obviously the pitcher not making quality pitches. I'll concede luck does play a minor role, but to excuse a pitcher from fault or a poor outing because the BABIP wasn't in line with the norm is a complete misunderstanding of the game. BABIP supporters also eliminate homeruns from the equation like they don't count. And as everyone knows, homeruns are nothing but luck induced (dripping with sarcasm).
Cliff Lee's last 3 playoff appearances: 0-3, 17.2 IP, 26 H, 3 BB, 22 K, 14 ER, 7.13 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and a .464 BABIP (26-56), but only 1 HR allowed. Yeah, totally unlucky.
So there you have it. Have no fear, Lee will regress to the mean next game and everything will be hunky-dory. Unless, we get bad lucked right out of the playoffs.
@GMCarson- Awesome season by Lee. Shitastic start tonight. Complete downer. He has to be better.
Others in response to me- Seriously? Blaming Lee for this? Sigh.
FWIW, 9 K's, 2 BB's, 0 HR's is basically what we've come to expect out of Lee. Not his fault every ball's found a hole.
No. BABIP'd to f**king death than some.
They were 12-20 on balls in play. That is so unbelievably unlucky.
You simply don't understand which things are under a pitcher's control and which aren't.
Pitching is entirely luck and random chance. A coin toss more or less.
That you bitched about Lee's outing in the way that you did suggests, in fact, you don't know anything about baseball.
I know your opinion. I'm saying it's objectively wrong.