Cliff Lee and the Top 10 Strikeout Pitchers in Major League Baseball in 2011

Cliff Lee is one of the best pitchers in baseball...and he is only getting better.

Four year ago, Lee came out of absolutely nowhere and, as if by flipping a switch, became one of the best pitchers in baseball. One year removed from a 5-8 record and a 6.29 ERA, Lee turned in a Cy Young performance, going 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA.

More importantly, Lee virtually stopped walking batters. After having walked 36 batters in 97.1 innings the year before, in 2008 Lee walked only 34 batters in 223.1 innings. He was a whole new pitcher.

Well, in 2011, Lee has transformed himself once again. For the first time in his career, Lee is a strikeout pitcher, striking over a batter per inning for the first time in his career.

Frankly, we do not get it.

Let's take a look at where Cliff Lee ranks amongst the top 10 strikeout pitchers in baseball.

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