Lee Era Begins, Deadline Approaches
Lee is looking forward to pitching on a team with a good lineup.
He went 7-9 with a 3.14 ERA in 22 starts this season with the Indians, but the record is deceiving. Lee had the eighth-worst run support of any pitcher in the American League.
That shouldn’t be a problem with the Phillies, who have the best offense in the National League.
“They had five All-Stars this year — all the outfielders and basically all the infielders,” said Lee, name-checking Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard.
“Those guys can swing it. A good offense can do nothing but benefit a pitcher. But you can’t take that for granted. I’m sure there are going to be games where they score five or six runs in the first inning and give me a nice cushion, but either way I’m still trying to put up a zero.”
Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is “pretty pleased” with the team he has on the field at the moment, which means they are not going to surprise anybody with any more blockbuster trades. But the potential to tinker remains. “I can’t say nothing is going to happen,” he said. If the Phillies would make a move before the deadline, I imagine it might be to bolster the bench. Eric Bruntlett is hitting .123 (10-for-81) with six RBIs. If they could find a utility player they might go for that. I would have said the Phillies could tinker with the bullpen, but they seem to have plenty of arms at the moment. They have J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey and Brett Myers on the DL. They have Pedro Martinez making a rehab start tonight and they have to figure out what to do with Rodrigo Lopez.
“Things can happen after the deadline,” Amaro said, referring to the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.
True enough. The Phillies got Matt Stairs and others in recent seasons after July 31.