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Cliff Lee Best Pitcher In Baseball

By bullpenbrian at 10.13.2010 2 comments.

Clifton Phifer Lee has become my favorite lefty since Tom Glavine retired.
Probably because Lee pitches like Glavine–with grace and with his head.

Earlier this year I hailed Lee as the best pitcher in baseball.
He showed why during the ALDS against Tampa Bay:
(2-0), 1-ER in 16 innings pitched, 21 strikeouts and zero walks.
Simply ridiculous!

Hard to believe Lee was passed over on waivers when the Indians shipped him to Triple-A Buffalo in July of 2007. Granted he was (5-8) with an unsightly 6.38 ERA at the time, but just a year later he would rebound to win the AL Cy Young Award going (22-8) with a 2.54 ERA.

Then try and wrap your brain around the Indians trading Lee to Philadelphia, who in turn dealt him to Seattle, who then made a joke of it by dealing Lee to Texas. And this is how the league treats its best starting pitcher in the game!

But that’s what I love most about Lee, his desire to succeed is stronger than his left arm. He’s handled the negatives, the trades and the pressure with absolute poise. He’s delivered at every stop, made every team he’s on better and dominated opponents throughout.

The only way it gets better from here is if Lee leads the Rangers past New York.  And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he does.

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  1. Chris Ross says:

    What an amazing series. At least one of the divisional matchups went 5 games right? Cliff Lee is just unbelievable out there. Big time players come up big in big games, and Cliff Lee is sure showing his value and what the Rangers hoped they would get when the traded for him earlier in the the season. Where would they be without him? It’s been so fun to watch him pitch, and hopefully they can stomp on the Yankees in the ALCS.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Thank goodness the Rangers pulled the trigger on acquiring Lee.
      If it wasn’t Texas, Lee certainly ends up with the Yankees.
      And that would’ve turned baseball fans off more than they already are.

      The NFL is dominating MLB post season baseball in the TV ratings because baseball’s season-long story isn’t interesting any more.
      Big Markets are winning, again. The Yankees are poised for the championship, again.
      Small market teams like Tampa Bay are losing their Car Crawfords, again.

      Cliff Lee, however, could be a Yankee killer.
      And that’s interesting for most baseball fans living outside the Bronx.
      Thank goodness Lee is Ranger because Lee as a Yank would ruin October for us all!

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