Clifton Phifer Lee has become my favorite lefty since Tom Glavine retired.
Probably because Lee pitches like Glavine–with grace and with his head.
Earlier this year I hailed Lee as the best pitcher in baseball.
He showed why during the ALDS against Tampa Bay:
(2-0), 1-ER in 16 innings pitched, 21 strikeouts and zero walks.
Hard to believe Lee was passed over on waivers when the Indians shipped him to Triple-A Buffalo in July of 2007. Granted he was (5-8) with an unsightly 6.38 ERA at the time, but just a year later he would rebound to win the AL Cy Young Award going (22-8) with a 2.54 ERA.
Then try and wrap your brain around the Indians trading Lee to Philadelphia, who in turn dealt him to Seattle, who then made a joke of it by dealing Lee to Texas. And this is how the league treats its best starting pitcher in the game!
But that’s what I love most about Lee, his desire to succeed is stronger than his left arm. He’s handled the negatives, the trades and the pressure with absolute poise. He’s delivered at every stop, made every team he’s on better and dominated opponents throughout.
The only way it gets better from here is if Lee leads the Rangers past New York. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he does.