Cliff Lee’s First Loss with the Phillies

I guess it had to happen.  He isn’t invincible, I like to think so.  But Cliff Lee was really due for a loss.  After pitching gems to begin his career with the Phillies, Cliff Lee had a horrendous 6th inning this past Saturday night against the Braves.  He pitched well through 5 innings.  My guess is that after pitching deep into his last 5 starts his arm got tired.

A few weeks ago, it was proposed, in a few media outlets, that the Phillies go to a 6 man rotation to help prevent the pitchers from getting tired.  Perhaps, it could be argued that the Phillies are using a 6 man rotation.  Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer have been splitting starts due to rain delays.  I don’t think Lee was tired or anything was wrong.  He just had an off night, it happens. 

Regardless, Cliff Lee has been pitching well and I fully expect that to continue as the Phillies head towards the post season in defense of their World Series title.  

In other Phillies news, Ryan Howard is having his standard end of August/beginning of September “heat-up.”

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