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Stat Line Of The Night – 8/22/11 – Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee is quietly putting together a season better than the one he had in 2008 when he won the Cy Young Award. The only reason it’s relatively quiet is because he’s pitching on a staff full of Cy Young candidates, who are arguably having better seasons than Lee. Yes, the Philadelphia Phillies’ staff is that good.
We’ve already featured Lee in August – twice – but he continues to dazzle and earn his way into the Stat Line of the Day. Last night, he put up another shutout performance in a Phillies 10-0 drubbing over the New York Mets. Lee went seven innings, allowed just three hits, zero runs, walked three and struck out seven en route to his 14th win of the season.
Lee in the month of August now has thrown 31 innings, given up just two earned runs (good for a 0.58 ERA), and has struck out 32 batters opposite seven walks. He’s also won all four starts. If Lee tosses up another shutout outing in August, he may very well match his remarkable June performance (5-0, 0.21 ERA), and will certainly earn himself another Stat Line Of The Day.