Cliff Lee is plain sick.
The 31-year-old spun his second consecutive complete game, beating the Cubs 8-1, while lowering his ERA to an AL best 2.39. His four complete games this season leads the AL.
Lee has not walked a single batter in his last four starts. He’s issued just four free passes all year. His strikeout to walk ratio–a remarkable 19:1. Unheard of!
To put that in perspective, Brett Saberhagen remains the lone starter since 1901 to complete an entire season with a double-digit ratio in that figure. Lee, however, is well on his way to becoming the second.
Despite suffering three losses in 11 outings, Lee has a 2.70 ERA in those defeats, limiting the damage to nine earned runs in 30 innings pitched. Again, just sick.
There’s a case Lee’s the best pitcher in baseball! And whoever get this guy via trade–and he will be traded–becomes an immediate threat to advance to the World Series. The best starting pitcher in baseball traded three times in three years–what’s next?