Cliff Lee is the MLB's best story so far | Sharapova's Thigh

Homerism Homerism blah blah blah. Now that we have that out of the way.

Cliff Lee has been the best story in the bigs this year and honestly it's not close between him and second place. He's 6-0 with a 0.81 ERA. He's struck out 39 and walked only 2. He is single-handedly keeping a Tribe team that is in disarray from blowing their postseason chances before June 1. Last night was noteworthy for 2 reasons. It was only the 10th time in MLB history that two pitchers with records of 5-0 or better have faced each other. Pretty cool. By winning last night Cliff became only the 5th pitcher in the modern era to go 6-0 with an ERA under 1.00. The other 4 all won the Cy Young. And let the jinx bus roll, sorry for derailing your season by talking about it Cliff.

The dude was dominant last night against the Yanks. I know they are missing A-Rod and Posada, but it's still a pretty solid lineup. Cliff made Derek Jeter look foolish on two occasions, striking him out on 3 straight pitches. Hopefully he can keep up this domination.

While his season comes as a surprise after last year he's always been a good pitcher. He was the top prospect in the Expos organization and was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Bartolo Colon to Montreal for Cliff, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips. Yeah those other guys are ok too I guess. He won 18 games two years ago but last year an abdominal injury in spring training ruined his year. He's always been able to run the fastball up into the mid-90's and the devastating hook was the pitch that got scouts attention when he was younger. The difference this year has been his control. He uses both sides of the plate and isn't afraid to buzz a fastball high and tight to set up the curve.


If he keeps pitching like this the Indians are going to be really tough to beat. CC has started to come around. He's only given up 3 runs combined in his last two starts. Unfortunately both losses because he got a collective 0 run support. The only question with Fausto Carmona is control. His power sinker is one of the 5 toughest to hit pitches in baseball. Hitters have started laying off it a bit more this year so his walk numbers are up, we'll see if that continues. Jake Westbrook was really good before having an abdominal injury of his own. Cliff's emergence gives the Indians the luxury of not having to rush Jake back from the DL. Paul Byrd is an adequate 5th starter, but hopefully won't have to be relied upon if the Indians make the post season. Aaron Laffey has been outstanding in his two starts since Jake got hurt. He took a no hitter into the 7th against the Yanks last week. Probably a fluke, but good to see. Plus they still have Adam Miller and Chuck Lofgren down in Buffalo. Rumor around Cleveland is that Miller is the closer of the future. He's had some durability problems throwing a lot of innings, so I think the bullpen is the perfect place for him and nasty stuff. Moves to the bullpen seemed to workout alright for young talented guys like Joba and Paplebon.


The question remains can the Indians get the bats going? This lineup is way too good to keep down much longer....right? One thing that screws with those guys has to be Eric Wedge. He's constantly shuffling the batting order trying find the right combo. I think the dude just needs to pick a lineup and stick with it.


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