On Friday night the Indians won their second game in a row 4-0 against the Twins, hopefully ending their mediocre slide that caused them to crash a 5-10 record which many people among the league never realized, thanks to Detroit's attention with the media and their horrific start. With only 3 hits given up (2 by Lee in 8 innings) the Tribe should be faithful, as they only compiled 5 hits themselves. Casey Blake lead the offense with a 2-4 performance, including his first home run on the season.
While C.C. Sabathia and the rest of the Indians rotation began the season with not-so spectacular numbers, Cliff has been nothing short of Cy Young-like as he advances to a 3-0 start to the season.
OK, so 3-0... no big deal right?
Well, 3-0 might only just be the start of the season, but its how he has earned the wins. Over the 3 appearances, Lee has accumulated a 0.40 ERA, a .108 BAA, 20 K's, 8 hits, 0 home runs, and only 2 BB's.
That, my friends, is a Cy Young-like start to a season.
(and hey, another Cy Young candidate type of pitcher to compliment C.C and Fausto wouldn't be so bad either)
I'll admit it... I was expecting Lee to struggle this year, allowing an Aaron Laffey promotion to the big leagues, but it seems that won't be happening anytime soon. Don't get me wrong though, I am enjoying this surprise very much. As long as Lee stays healthy, I expect only good things from the potential comeback player of the year.
On Saturday, the Indians continue their series against the Twins, as Jake Westbrook takes the mound against Nick Blackburn. The Tribe will be trying to extend their winning streak to three, along with getting their season back on track to the AL Central Crown.