Sifting through thousands of pitching numbers and coming out with only five surprises is not as easy as it sounds (actually, it doesn’t even sound that easy). But rules is rules so I had to stick to five, but wait…there’s more! I added a bonus surprise and covered more than one player per surprise. Why? Because I’m a people pleaser.
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Cliff Lee wins only 6 games…and loses 9!
If you didn’t watch baseball last year and then read this headline you’d probably think, “Wow, Cliff Lee must have gotten hurt or pitched horribly last year.” Nope. It was quite the opposite, actually. Lee finished the year with 211 IP, 7.39 K/BB ratio (ridiculous!), 3.16 ERA/3.13 FIP and 1.11 WHIP. Unfortunately, Lee only received 3.6 runs per start from his offense (10th-worst in baseball), which just proves that you should never chase wins when drafting. For what it’s worth, Lee ranked tied for 17...