PRC: Cliff Lee

Player: Cliff Lee
Number: 34
Position: SP
Bats/Throws: L/L

Consistency: If Jesus is at the right-hand of God, then Cliff Lee is at the left.

Everyone was calling for Roy Halladay. When it was announced that the Phillies traded for Lee because Toronto’s asking price for Doc was too high, a lot of people moaned and groaned. Lee shut them up real quick, going to San Francisco and pitching a complete game in his first start as a Phillie. He would tack on two more complete games, one being a shutout, before he hit a huge speed bump. In his last seven starts of the season, he allowed at least three runs in five of the games. His most impressive stat: walking only 17 batters all season in 34 starts.

Fans were starting to worry if Lee was going to be fine in the playoffs. He dazzled all post season, going 4-0 in his five starts and was the winning pitcher for the Phillies only two victories in the World Series.

Phillies stats: 7-4, 79.2 IP, 80 H, 35 R, 30 ER, 7 HR, 10 BB, 74 K, 3.39 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Regular Season Stats: 14-13, 231.2 IP, 245 H, 88 R, 83 ER, 17 BB, 43 K, 3.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Post Season Stats: 5 starts, 4-0, 40.1 IP, 27 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 6 BB, 33 K, 1.56 ERA, 0.82 WHIP

Health: He was never injured. He also doesn’t feel pain.

Intangibles: He came to a contending team and assumed the ace role. He came to a city that’s tough on it’s players and organization, especially when the organization didn’t get the guy they wanted and just amazed us. He is one of the best pitchers in the league and the best pitcher on the Phillies. Without him, the Phillies wouldn’t have made it to the World Series. He was so impressive that the day after the World Series, they picked up his option for 2010. The Phillies will wait to see if he can be effective after his huge work load in 2009. Expect a contract extension by May.

Overall Grade: A. He wasn’t perfect in his half a season in Philly but he was damn close. If he didn’t hit that speed bump, it would have been tough to not give him an A+.

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