Cliff Lee polished off the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night tossing his third consecutive complete game.
Facing just two batters over the minimum and striking out five while walking just two, Lee need only 112 pitches (71 strikes) to put down the second most potent offense in MLB. After a slow start in his return to Philadelphia, Lee has certainly turned things around. In fact, Cliff Lee has simply been stupid on the mound this month!
Lee opened the season going 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA through May. Since then the 32-year old lefty has gone 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in five starts in the month of June. This was Cliff Lee’s ninth career shutout and his fourth this year. Now on a career-best 32 game scoreless streak (27 innings during his 2008 Cy Young year), Lee has given up just one run in his past five games over 42 innings, posting wins in each of his past five starts.
This was Lee’s ninth win on the year as he lowered his ERA to 2.66 and his WHIP to 1.07. Together with Roy Halladay (10 wins, 2.40, 1.03 WHIP) and Cole Hamels (9 wins, 2.49 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) the Philadelphia Phillies threesome is putting together one of the best regular seasons in modern MLB history.
Assuming this Ménage à trois remains healthy, it’s hard to imagine any team in either league knocking them off. And if they can get Roy Oswalt healthy by the time the playoffs roll around, well that’s almost not fair.
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