Lee delivers as Phillies’ ace
He wasn’t bathed in champagne or leading the procession on the parade route where thousands stuffed Philadelphia’s downtown streets. There was no hugging the furry Phanatic or having his ring finger measurements taken.
Now try to imagine whether the
Lee has morphed into Philadelphia’s postseason ace in the cold this October, shutting down the
The numbers are almost unreal: 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA in three postseason starts. The lefty has one complete game and struck out 20 in 24 1-3 innings. The
“I always had confidence in myself and felt like I could pitch in a big game,” Lee said. “But you never know until you get the opportunity.”
Lee’s numbers only tell part of the story. His command on the mound makes the rest of the
Lee has settled a precarious rotation entering October and solidified himself as Philadelphia’s true ace, a year after teammate
“He takes the game kind of where he wants it,”
He has been ubelievab-lee outstanding.
Lee’s latest gem came against the
Working quickly, Lee pitched eight shutout innings and was set to go out for the ninth until he hit a single in the eighth and scored on
“He was just being aggressive and staying away from the middle of the plate,”
Lee has had many good nights for the
He was an instant hit with fans and his new teammates when he tossed a complete game in his first outing for the
Lee slumped toward the end of the year and finished 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts for the
When Manuel needed a Game 1 starter in the
Hamels pitched in October last year much like Lee is dominating this postseason, going 4-0. But Hamels’ erratic regular season has carried over into playoffs, putting even more pressure on Lee to deliver big performances in big games.
“That’s huge,” first baseman
He may be Philadelphia’s No. 1 option now, but Lee nearly didn’t find his way to Philadelphia. The
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game right now,”
Lee was left off Cleveland’s postseason roster in 2007 because of injuries and a poor season.
He wasn’t anywhere near Philadelphia last October.
This time, Lee hopes his postseason funs with a World Series ring.