Cliff Lee SP PHI 2 Days
Cliff Lee fired eight shutout frames, striking out 10, in a 7-0 win over the Dodgers on Monday.
Los Angeles was flummoxed, eking out four singles and zero walks against the perennial Cy Young contender. Do you remember when Lee coughed up eight runs in five innings on Opening Day against the Rangers? No? Good, because we don't either. In the four starts since, he's surrendered just four runs over 30 innings, and posted an utterly insane 37/1 K/BB ratio in so doing. Lee faces a dangerous lineup in a difficult environment this weekend, but his odds for a win against the demoralized Bronson Arroyo and the punch-drunk Diamondbacks are high.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 7 Days
Cliff Lee was dominant in Wednesday's start against the Braves, but earned a loss despite allowing one run in a complete game on Wednesday.
Lee's only blemish came courtesy an Evan Gattis solo home run in the fourth inning that barely escaped the fence in the left field corner. Overall, Lee struck out 13, allowed 11 hits, and walked one. Over his first four starts, he has exemplified the vagaries of BABIP, but has also been around the strike zone a little too much, some might argue. Regardless, he now sports a 28:2 K:BB ratio.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 8 Days
Tuesday's game between the Braves and Phillies has been postponed due to storms in Philadelphia.
Cliff Lee was scheduled to pitch for the Phils and David Hale was on tap for the Braves.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 13 Days
Cliff Lee took his first loss after giving up three runs in six innings Thursday against the Brewers.
Lee struck out eight and walked none, but the Brewers got to him for eight hits, including four for extra bases. Blame a combination of bad defense and bad luck for Lee's start so far. He's allowed just one homer and one walk to go along with 15 strikeouts in 18 innings, but he's given up 29 hits.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 23 Days
Cliff Lee won on Opening Day despite giving up eight runs in five innings against the Rangers.
Kill the win? Lee was given a six-run lead in the second, blew it by allowing seven runs in the next two frames, only to get another bounty to work with in what ended up being a 14-10 game. It's just the third time since 2008 that a pitcher has allowed eight runs and won. Lee, then pitching for Seattle, also did it on May 21, 2010. Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson was the last two do it (May 17, 2013 against the Orioles).
Cliff Lee SP PHI 28 Days
Cliff Lee allowed one run in five innings and struck out seven Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.
Lee is probably used to this by now, but he ends the spring 1-2 despite a 2.55 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll face off against the Rangers and Tanner Scheppers on Opening Day.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 1 Month
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg on Monday named Cliff Lee the club's Opening Day starter.
With Roy Halladay retired and Cole Hamels (shoulder) injured, there weren't any other real options. He'll be followed in the rotation by A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick. Lee, 35, holds a pristine 2.80 ERA in his three seasons in Philadelphia.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 2 Months
Cliff Lee held the Blue Jays to one run over three innings in Tuesday's loss.
The veteran southpaw gave up three hits, struck out two and didn't walk anyone. We shouldn't read too much into Lee's spring results if they're good or bad, as he should be fine-tuned by the time Opening Day rolls around.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 4 Months
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies have indicated to teams that they are "ready and willing" to discuss Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades.
It's likely just a matter of due diligence, but given the prices in free agency, the Phillies could land a huge haul for either pitcher. Lee is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons while his contract includes a $27.5 million club option for 2016 or a $12.5 million buyout. Hamels just inked a six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies last July and is under contract through at least 2018. We doubt that they'll actually be moved, but the Phillies are at least willing to listen.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 7 Months
Cliff Lee impressively racked up 13 strikeouts against the Braves on Friday, but was handed a tough-luck loss after surrendering just one run on three hits over eight masterful innings.
The 34-year-old southpaw was engaged in a fantastic pitching duel with Kris Medlen, trading zeroes until Chris Johnson tagged Lee for a solo homer in the eighth inning. Lee wraps up another dominant season at the front of the Phillies rotation, posting a 14-8 record, 2.87 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 222/32 K/BB ratio over 222 2/3 innings. He's as reliable as they come in fantasy leagues, and should be among the top tier of hurlers off the board in next Spring's drafts.