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A Reason to Fear Cliff Lee Slightly Less

In case you're feeling optimistic about tomorrow night's Game 6, but less so about facing Cliff Lee in a potential Game 7 on Saturday, we direct you to the Times' Bats blog, where Neil Paine uses Bill James's Game Score metric to consider pitchers who've turned in a dominant playoff start — like Lee did in Game 3 — and then had to face the same team again later in the series. His findings: On average, those pitchers weren't nearly as dominant in the subsequent starts of those series. That's something, right? [Bats/NYT]

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