The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/16/11 — Cliff Lee
Most baseball fans expected the Philadelphia Phillies to dominate this season due in large part to their incredible starting rotation. They have done just that, as they entered last night’s game against the Florida Marlins with a league-best 43-26 record and a six-game winning streak. And thanks to a brilliant performance by starter Cliff Lee, that streak is now at seven.
Lee was marvelous both on the mound and at the plate, as he pitched nine innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits against, while going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. The talented lefty equaled the Marlins hit-count on his own, and he would get some help from his teammates en route to the 3-0 victory.
With the win, Lee’s record is now 7-5 this season and his ERA is a decent 3.12. He has not been as dominant as many may have expected, but as many of us have come to realize, Lee’s best work has always come in the post-season. It appears as though the Phillies are well on their way to getting there, and when they do you can expect more performances like this one from Lee. For now, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, June 16, 2011.