Lee Dominates Again
Remember a couple weeks ago when people asked, “What’s going on with Cliff Lee?”
Yeah, good times.
Lee was 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA after his first 12 starts, but I said then those numbers were misleading. Lee had a poor record because of poor run support, and his ERA proved deceptive because he had two awful starts among 10 good ones. Remove those two bad starts and he had a 2.90 ERA. But what a difference a few weeks makes. Lee is 8-5 with a 2.87 ERA following last night’s shutout victory over St. Louis. Lee has thrown two consecutive shutouts and has allowed just one run over 33 innings in his last four starts.
Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Lee have been nearly unhittable this season. Eighteen pitchers in baseball have eight or more wins and they are three of them. They also rank among the top eight in strikeouts, top 14 in ERA and top 15 in innings pitched. If Roy Oswalt can get going — he hasn’t looked the same since coming back from the DL — things could get really interesting.
From Elias Sports Bureau: Lee threw his second straight shutout last night and has s allowed one run in 33 innings in his last four starts. The last pitcher to throw 33 or more innings while allowing no more than one run over a four-start span was Oswalt in 2008. The only Phillies pitcher to do that in the last 20 years was Randy Wolf in 2002.