A Rocky Start for Lee
So I guess take some comfort in that following Cliff Lee‘s early exit last night at Nationals Park?
Lee started the night 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA in his previous nine starts. (Some of the worst run support in baseball hasn’t helped his record.) But figure in his April 8 start in Atlanta, where he allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings, and last night’s s start in Washington, where he allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings, and Lee is 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 12 starts.
Lee, who walked just 18 batters in 212 1/3 innings last season with Seattle and Texas, has walked 19 in 80 innings this season.
“Cliff Lee, when he’s going good he absolutely controls the game,” Manuel said. “He’ll get going. He’s in a little funk or whatever. He’ll be all right.”
Two months don’t make a season. Just remember less than a month ago everybody wanted to permanently remove Raul Ibanez from the lineup. He has hit .330 with eight doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 27 games since snapping his 0-for-35 slump. Clearly this is not the start Lee envisioned, but it also isn’t any reason to be concerned. He’s essentially had two awful starts, a 2.90 ERA in his other 10 starts and no run support for much of the season. He’s fine.