To me, a pitchers record means absolutely nothing. A pitcher can pitch 8 innings and give up one run and get the loss. Several times a year we see Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee go deep into the game, surrender one or two runs and get the loss. On the other hand, we can see Tyler Cloyd pitch 5 innings give up 7 runs and get the win. Now that would require the Phillies to score more than 7 runs and let's be honest that is not happening very often.
Cliff Lee had a very good 2013 season. Lee made his fourth All-Star game and in September he posted a 54/1 strikeout to walk ratio. Let's take a moment to let that soak in.......54/1 strikeout to walk ratio, unbelievable! With 222 innings pitched Cliff Lee ended up with a 2.87 ERA and more importantly a 5.1 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) which was eighth best in the MLB for pitchers. For those who do not know what WAR is I will do my best to explain it. Here is the best definition that I found for WAR: "is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic." It also says, "You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is pretty darn all-inclusive and provides a handy reference point. WAR basically looks at a player and asks the question, “If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a minor leaguer or someone from their bench, how much value would the team be losing?” This is courtesy of fangraphs.com, which is the best site for students to learn about the sabermetric community of baseball.