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Cliff Lee has been unhittable this month.
Glad you asked. Lee went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in June. According to Elias Sports Bureau, since earned runs were first recorded on official scores – 1912 in the NL and 1913 in the AL - only six other starting pitchers went 5-0 or better with an ERA that low in a calendar month:
- Guy Bush in August 1926 (6-0, 0.19 ERA)
- Fernando Valenzuela in April 1981 (5-0, 0.20)
- Nolan Ryan in May 1984 (5-0, 0.20)
- Mike Witt in August 1986 (5-0, 0.21)
- Orel Hershiser in September 1988 (5-0, 0.00)
- Cory Lidle in August 2002 (5-0, 0.20).
Lee has thrown a shutout while allowing six or fewer hits in each of his last three starts. The last pitcher to have a three-start streak like that was Toronto’s Roger Clemens in August 1998.
More from Elias: The matchup between Josh Beckett and Lee was the first since 1985 matching one pitcher leading his league in ERA against another who threw a shutout in each of his two previous starts. That last happened on Sept. 11, 1985, when Dwight Gooden faced John Tudor at Shea Stadium.
One of them came July 30, 2006, when the Phillies traded Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Yankees for Matt Smith, C.J. Henry, Carlos Monasterios and Jesus Sanchez. If you look at the talent exchanged, the trade came out poorly for the Phillies. Smith and Henry are out of baseball, and the Mets selected Monasterios with the seventh pick in December’s Rule 5 Draft.
Only Sanchez remains, but the Phillies are optimistic after converting him from a catcher to a pitcher. In his first season as a pitcher, Sanchez went 10-6 with a 3.44 ERA in 26 games last year for Single A Lakewood. He impressed the Phillies enough that they protected him from the Rule 5 by placing him on the 40-man roster.
But the Phillies made the trade not because they were in love with Smith, Henry, Monasterios and Sanchez. They made the trade because the nucleus they had in place had not won, and Pat Gillick wanted to make a change. They traded Abreu to clear salary and change the atmosphere in the clubhouse.
The trade allowed the Phillies to play Shane Victorino in right field the remainder of the season, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to assert themselves as leaders in the clubhouse, and indirectly sign Utley and Brett Myers to contract extensions in the offseason because Abreu had been set to make $16.5 million in 2007 with a $16 million club option with a $2 million buyout in 2008.
“It came out all right,” Gillick said. “I’m happy with it.”
“You don’t see a whole lot of pitching moved. How much pitching moved last year? Two? Three?”
Let’s see. CC Sabathia went to the Brewers. Rich Harden went to the Cubs. And Joe Blanton went to the Phillies.
That’s about it, right? That’s not much, but the Phillies have been pretty successful in recent seasons finding starting pitching help before or after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They hope this year is no different. They acquired Cory Lidle on Aug. 9, 2004, from the Reds. They acquired Jamie Moyer on Aug. 19, 2006, from the Mariners. They acquired Kyle Lohse on July 30, 2007, from the Reds. And last year they got Blanton from the A’s on July 17.
But this year could be difficult.
“I think things will heat up late because everybody is still kind of in it,” Amaro said. “There’s no real team bailing or stepping out of this thing. There’s going to be a pretty vicious fight for probably two of the divisions in our league and the wild card. There are so many teams that are still involved. I don’t expect that to change a whole lot in the next month, but it’ll start to crystallize a little more into July.
“The availability really isn’t there. The number of buyers and the number of sellers aren’t close to equaling each other.”
That seems to be the case. Several teams have scouted Pedro Martinez recently, and he hasn’t pitched since last season when he went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA with the Mets. The Phillies have no interest in Martinez, but it shows not a lot of teams are making their pitching available.