As mentioned earlier today, Cliff Lee's performance last night in Washington was statistically one of the best of the season in all of baseball. Hardball Talk dug up another interesting stat about Cliff's start: Since the year 2000, there have been only seven outings of complete-game shutout ball in which the pitcher threw less than 100 pitches and notched at least 10 strikeouts. Cliff's start last night was the only one of the bunch to notch more than 10 Ks as Phifer finished with 12 strikeouts last night.
As Aaron Gleeman put it, "Also worth noting: Of the seven such games, two belong to [Chris] Carpenter, two belong to retired guys, and the other three belong to current members of the Phillies’ rotation. Which makes me wonder if anyone has written anything about Philadelphia’s starting pitching likely being good this season?"