The lefthander won his third game in as many starts this month, lowered his ERA to 0.75 and improved his career playoff mark to 7-0. He also became the first player to ever record three 10-plus strikeout performances in the same playoff campaign.
In short, he upped his value as a free agent exponentially -- and it was already high to begin with.
The New York Times has some numbers to prove just how historic an outing Lee turned in -- considering it was in the playoffs against the Yankees. Among the eye-brow-raisers:
* It was only the fourth time in the playoffs since 1903 that a pitcher had recorded 13 strikeouts, allowed two or fewer hits and pitched at least eight innings.Remarkably enough, it may have only been the third-best performance by a pitcher this postseason. Roy Halladay's no-hitter and Tim Lincecum's strikeout-fest in the divisional round were arguably better.
* It was the first time a pitcher who worked more than six innings had ever held the Yankees to as few as three base runners.
Unless I'm wrong. Am I wrong?
Either way, it seems extremely appropriate that the year of the pitcher would extend deep into October.