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We knew that the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation was going to be good, but there is a great chance that they will have three of the top five vote-getters for the NL Cy Young this season with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
Cliff Lee is a big game pitcher who was coveted by the New York Yankees in the offseason to bring home a 28 World Championship. Lee decided to choose his former team, the Phillies, and form one of the greatest rotations baseball has ever seen.
Many "experts" stated before the season that Lee is an average pitcher during the regular season who pitches great in the playoffs. Well he has silenced those critics as well by posting a 14-7 record, 2.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and an incredible 9.3 K/9 ratio.
Lee has thrown five complete-game shutouts this season which leads MLB. Opponents are hitting just .230 off of him, and he has struck out 191 batters in 186 IP.
Lee has started 10 playoff games and has posted a 7-2 record with a 2.13 ERA. He has thrown three complete games and struck out 80 hitters in 76.0 IP.
Home-runs can be killers to a team in the playoffs and Lee has only given up two to 289 hitters. Lee showed the world in the 2009 World Series against the New York Yankees just how brilliant he could be when the stars shine brightest.
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