Cliff Lee, Visually.

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something changed in 2007.

What changed? Here's a start:

Season GB% HR/9
2002 34.50% 0
2003 36.40% 1.2
2004 33.40% 1.51
2005 35.60% 0.98
2006 32.70% 1.3
2007 35.30% 1.57



2008 45.90% 0.48
2009 41.30% 0.66
2010 41.90% 0.68

 

2002-2007 GB% Average: 34.65%

2008-present: 43.03% -- a difference of 8.38% from the previous 5-6 years. What a change a groundball can make, huh?

 

 

data: fangraphs

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