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Monday, June 14, 2010
Lee throws strikes, should leave M's

Jeff Passan on Cliff Lee, who figures to be our second-most famous pitcher until he's traded:

The Mariners obviously should trade Clifton Phifer Lee, and he's just as obviously the most attractive pitcher who's presumably going to be available this summer (and there are going to be a lot of them, as Passan notes). Really, I just want this opportunity to mention that Lee has a 15-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and the record is 11-to-1 and nobody else has ever finished better than 10-to-1.

I mean, this is uncharted territory.

Or not. Of course Lee probably won't finish the season at 15-to-1, or close to 15-to-1.

Could he break Saberhagen's record, though? Yeah, I think he could. Because it's more than just this season's nine starts. In Lee's last nine starts last season, he struck out 51 and walked four. So it's possible that Lee has crossed into some strange land that's been previously explored only by Saberhagen. Or perhaps by no one at all.