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Cliff Lee, Control Artist

Cliff Lee, Control Artist

Cliff Lee, Control Artist

Cliff Lee led the Phillies against the Nationals to end their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 26. (H. Rumph Jr./ Associated Press)
Cliff Lee led the Phillies against the Nationals to end their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 26. (H. Rumph Jr./ Associated Press)

Although he has a limited number of victories, one thing Cliff Lee has not struggled with this season is his control. Once again, he is among baseball's best in fewest walks per nine innings.

His status among major league BB/9IP leaders (2012 statistics through Sunday):

 Season    IP  BB    BB/9IP  Rank  MLB Leader BB/9IP 
 2008  223.1    34  1.37  1st  —  —
 2009  231.2  43  1.67  4th  Joel Pineiro  1.14
 2010  212.1  18  0.76  1st  —  —
 2011  232.2  42  1.62  7th  Josh Tomlin  1.14
 2012  161.2  25  1.39  3rd  Bartolo Colon  1.36
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