Pitcher Preview: Cliff Lee vs Kevin Correia

Mike McGinnis

This is just one of those matchups that seem destined to go the way you don't think they should go. So, basically, Cliff is about to get schooled. ...right?


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Cliff Lee 7-2 16 13 1 1 0 0 95.1 80 30 27 5 16 83 2.55 1.01

At the end of August, Cliff Lee will turn 35 years old. His arm doesn't seem to care. This he's pitched into the 8th six times, and completed fewer than seven innings just twice. His fastball is consistently effective, the cutter works. What more can you say? He's healthy. He's durable. He's consistent. Cliff Lee is everything you want in a starting pitcher.

And to think he would have been a Twin in 2010 had Wilson Ramos been healthy at the time that Seattle was looking to make a move. It's totally an over-reaction, but I still think that 2010 ends up a whole lot differently if Lee is pitching for the Twins.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Kevin Correia 5-4 12 12 0 0 0 0 76.2 89 35 35 14 12 36 4.11 1.32

Whatever kind of dark magic Correia has been spinning this year, I'm good with it. He struck out seven guys in 6.1 innings his last time out. Seriously - this could be a 1-0 pitcher's duel in the 10th inning and Correia would be pulling a Jack Morris.

Historically the Phillies batters haven't seen much of Corriea, and nobody has a big enough sample size to draw any real points of analysis. As a whole they've notched six doubles and a pair of homers in 62 at-bats, for a .290/.389/.484 triple slash, but I'm saying we just chalk a lot of that success up to small sample size. Cool? Cool.

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