Thursday, October 29, 2009

The nation, say hello to Cliff Lee

In the sports media and viewing capital of world say hello to 2007 AL Cy Young winner and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee.

Cliff Lee put on a World Series pitching performance to remember, and of places, at the new hitter friendly Yankees Stadium. He pitched a complete game striking out 10 batters and gave up 6 hits and a run taking the Phillies 6-1 game 1 win. The run was unearned at the bottom of the 9th. He stifled the heart of the Yankees lineup of Mark Teixeira, ARod, and Jorge Posada as they combined for 0-12 performance with 8 strikeouts. His complete game helped from potentially stretching and tiring out the team's bullpen unlike the Yankees who brought in 5 relievers in game 1.

After flirting with Roy Halladay trade Phillies pulled the trigger trading for the 2007 AL Cy Young winner which is the best move they made before the trade deadline. He became essential part of the rotation going 7-4 in his 12 starts with ERA of 3.39 and one of key core players of the team playoff run. In four starts in the playoffs he is 3-0 with 30 strikeouts with .54 ERA while giving up 4 runs, 2 unearned. If the series extends and likely will expect him to lead the charge on the mound as Phillies try to repeat as World Series champion.

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