Let me have it. Yes, the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner is overrated.
Is Cliff Lee an extremely good pitcher? Of course, he is. But that does not mean he cannot be overrated.
Here are four sets of 2010 stats. You decide which is worthy of the most attention:
1. 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 185 K
2. 11-6, 2.30 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 186 K
3. 13-11, 3.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 177 K
4. 15-8, 3.35 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 170 K
The first line belongs to Lee but the others are Josh Johnson, Matt Cain and CJ Wilson respectively.
None of those guys get the recognition of Lee despite having the numbers to back it up. Johnson and Cain have put up numbers like this for multiple years, much like Lee.
Once again, Lee is good but still not worth more notoriety than some of these guys.