This afternoon I watched Cliff Lee make his third start in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform and he won for the third straight time. This time he mowed down the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. In his 3 starts, he has pitched 9 innings, 7 innings, and then 8 innings today. He has only allowed one run in each of these starts. So far, so good!
I have to admit I'm impressed. When the Phils traded several young prospects to acquire Lee (and outfielder Ben Francisco) from Cleveland, I worried that the Phils had maybe traded the next Ferguson Jenkins or the next Ryne Sandberg for another Freddy Garcia-type (damaged goods). But Mr. Lee looks strong and healthy to me. The man knows how to pitch; he may not know the National League hitters as well as the American Leaguers, but he's bright and is a quick study.
Congratulations to Ruben Amaro, Jr. for making this deal. It took courage for him to pull the trigger on it. I'm not saying the Indians got "rooked"; in fact, they may have acquired some future stars. But the Phillies needed pitching now. They're in a race for the Playoffs, and now that Lee is pitching so well they just may go all the way to the World Series again.
Stay tuned ....