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Entries in cliff lee (10)


Moving Lee

Cliff Lee played with batters minds Monday night, and no where did it show up better than on his second inning strikeout of Alex Rodriguez.  The following graphic shows how Lee's pitches to right-handed batters moved during game three.  Note that the movement is from where the ball reaches the plane of the plate, not from the center of the plate.


Cliff Lee pitch movement vs. RHB, 2010 ALCS Game 3

Lee's pitches either moved away from right-handers as they reached the plate, or down and in.  In Alex's at bat, pitches four and five both had movement away.  Both started out over the plate and moved away.  Pitch six, however, started out a bit away.  After seeing the previous two pitches, Alex responded by assuming it would break away for a ball.  Instead, it broke in and down for the third strike, Rodriguez starting for the dugout before the ump rung him up.  It's a classic example of establishing a pattern, then pitching against that pattern to fool a hitter.


Painting with Mr. Lee

Cliff Lee was impressive last night in Game 3 (pitch log) of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. He threw 122 pitches with an unpredictable mix:

fastballs: 52

cutters: 40

change: 14


Of his 23 "first pitches" he threw 13 fastballs and 14 cutters.

Most importanly he painted the strike zone. As you can see from our pitch location heat map below Lee effectively painted the strike zone and rarely threw anything down the middle.

Heat Map: Cliff Lee pitch locations ALCS Game 3Very impressive.

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Cliff's Cutter

During last night's TBS broadcast, Ron Darling commented on how well Cliff Lee had commanded his cutter. Here's a look at the heatmap: Pitch frequency of Cliff Lee's cutter in Game 5 against the Rays (38 pitches).By comparison, here's Game 1: Pitch frequency of Cliff Lee's cutter in Game 1 against the Rays (13 pitches). Interesting note: In Game 1, Cliff Lee threw only one cutter to a lefty. In Game 5, 16 of his 38 cutters were thrown to lefties.