The Phillies got Cliff Lee for one reason and one reason only. They believed that he was the missing piece in the starting rotation for another World Series Championship. It is hard to argue with that logic considering Lee's impressive postseason resume. Lee started the only two games that the Phillies won in the 2009 World Series against the New York Yankees. In that 2009 postseason, he was 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA. Cliff Lee had a valiant effort for the Texas Rangers in the 2010 postseason as well, posting a 2.78 ERA, but would go on to lose both his starts against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
Lee is in a different situation this year. He is surrounded with arguably the most talented team in baseball and certainly the most talented team he has ever played on. He has also endeared himself to Philly fans on a level that very few athletes can reach in Philadelphia when he rejected more money from the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, wanting to come play for the Phillies instead.
All that will mean little if the Phillies don’t win the World Series this year, but Cliff Lee will definitely have a big say as to whether that happens or not.