Cliff Lee: He's Not Too Shabby
Let’s take a look at some numbers:
- He is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA in four starts.
- He has allowed just 18 hits and six walks in 33 innings. He has struck out 34.
- Opponents have hit .161 against him.
- He has allowed 6.82 baserunners per game.
- He has carried two no-hitters into the sixth inning.
- He has two complete games.
- He leads the Majors or shares the lead in wins, ERA, complete games, innings and strikeouts since he made his Phillies debut on July 31 in San Francisco. He is third in opponents average.
- He is hitting .385 (5-for-13) with two doubles. That’s two more hits than he has allowed earned runs.
- He threw 106 pitches in tonight’s 8-1 complete game victory over the Diamondbacks. Eighty-one were strikes.
- He allowed just two hits and one unearned run against Arizona. He tied a career high 11 strikeouts.
- He is 7-0 with a 1.09 ERA in seven starts since July 16, which include his final three starts with Cleveland.
- He leads the Majors in wins, ERA, complete games (4) and innings (58) in that span. He is tied for fourth in opponents average (.193) and fifth in strikeouts (48).
- He has five complete games this season, the first three coming with Cleveland. He is tied with Zach Greinke and Roy Halladay for the Major League lead.
“I don’t know how special it is,” Lee said afterward. “It’s me doing what I expect to do every time I go on the mound. Every inning I expect to go out there and put up a zero. Get that inning behind me, go out to the next inning and I expect to put up a zero. I’ve done that more times than not. Yeah, I’m pleased with it. I’m not too caught up in it. I’m not going to sit here and pat myself on the back. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
“He’s a for real ace,” Jayson Werth said. “He’s that type of guy. He’s a shutdown guy. He can go out and control a game. Look what he’s done since he’s been here. That’s pretty remarkable. But that’s the kind of stuff he brings to table. You can’t expect a guy to do that every time out, but so far the stuff he’s offering is definitely different than what guys are used to seeing. At least it looks that way to me. You get a run on the board for a guy like that you’re in pretty good shape.”
Ryan Howard is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with two doubles, one triple, five homers and 15 RBIs in his last 10 games. Werth is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with one double, four home runs and five RBIs in his last five games.
The Phillies are a season-high 19 games over .500 (68-49).