3.00 ERA, 1.018 WHIP, 57 IP, 54 K’s, 10 BB (baseball-reference)
A line like that should have at least 5, 6 or 7 wins to his name.
But this is Cliff Lee pitching for the Phillies, which means he’s actually 0-2. It seems that every year, the Phillies offense picks a pitcher and refuses to give them run support. Cliff Lee won (or lost) the drawing this year. Though Roy Halladay is right there with him.
The only real blight on his record (other than the win-loss record) is his penchant for the long ball. He tends to give up 1 a start and that’s where most of his earned runs have come from.
Last night was no exception. Cliff Lee gave up 3 runs in 7 innings, including a 2-run shot to Lucas Duda. The Phillies offense were up to it’s usual games with Cliff Lee. They scored one run during those 7 innings.
It’s usual because up to that point, they have only scored 13 runs all year while Cliff Lee was pitching.
Cliff Lee’s night officially ended with Carlos Ruiz came in to pitch-hit for him. And then preceded to hit a 2-run blast that gave Cliff Lee yet another no-decision.
It’s almost like the Phillies offense thinks this “Wait, is Cliff Lee out of the game? Yes. Are you sure? Yes. Can he win now? No. Are you sure? Yes. Ok, let’s score some runs!”
When Cliff Lee exited the game, the Mets were winning 3-1. The Phillies went on to win 10-6. Yeah, they like 9th inning runs.
Jimmy Rollins hit a 3-run home-run to open up the game. After the homerun, Kristine Reese Tighe (@kristinereese) and I had a little conversation:
Oh, and Cliff Lee made one of the best, most heads up, double plays of the year:
Twitter last night was having fun saying that Cliff Lee is going to win the Cy Young, but never win a game. That would be awesome and sad to see, all at the same time!
P.S. Vote For Chooch!
Karilee Jeantet is Lead Contributor for A View From Section 116. Follow her on Twitter @kjeantet and @viewfromsec116 and e-mail her AViewFromSection116@gmail.com.