Those last two games count as a sweep right? After the Blue Jays won two games in Philadelphia, the teams took the same plane (not really) back to Toronto last night to finish this four-game set. Phillies ace (co-ace?) Cliff Lee toes the mound today against fellow left-hander Mark Buehrle. Lee has been, not shockingly, solid to start the season as he usually is. In 48.0 innings he's allowed 16 earned runs with a silly BB% of 3% and a FIP of 2.42.
It's been a while since Cliff Lee was in the American League so here's a little reminder of what he likes to do. Mainly a fastball, cutter, changeup pitcher, he will occasionally toss in a curveball as well. It seems the 35-year-old is greatly under appreciated by baseball fans who don't watch him a lot, as he's been dominant for nearly seven years now and has hardly lost a tick of velocity (although it's been a little up and down this season):
What does a command pitcher with a good changeup equal? Danger against right-handers:
Cliff Lee has a .254 BA against him from batters on both sides of the plate! He's pretty split neutral....
This lineup is actually pretty great.
- Jose Reyes SS
- Melky Cabrera LF
- Jose Bautista RF
- Edwin Encarnacion 1B
- Dioner Navarro C
- Juan Francisco DH
- Brett Lawrie 3B
- Colby Rasmus CF
- Steve Tolleson 2B
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Game In A Sentence
Since people on the Internet are impatient, I think I'm going to start adding a simple sentence to summarize the preview each day.
Cliff Lee is still a good pitcher and isn't going to walk anyone, expect a pitcher's duel.