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.
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.