Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lee Shines Again

Cliff Lee is quickly making a believer out of me this year. He looks like a new man on the mound. He went a very solid 8 innings last night, surrendering only 2 hits to go along with 8 strikeouts and only one walk as the Tribe shutout the Minnesota Twins 4-0. For the season Lee has now gone 22-2/3 innings, collecting 20 strikeouts compared to only 3 walks. His ERA is now a sparkling 0.40. Incredible. I laughed when I heard people saying he could be the difference-maker this year for this pitching staff. So far he has been the glue holding it together, and has surpassed anyone's reasonable expectations.

So the Tribe has now won 2 in a row for the first time since the season opening series vs. the White Sox. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Casey Blake provided all the offense we needed last night, driving in 3 runs with a single and a solo home run. I'm a little concerned that Travis Hafner sat this one out with a "sore shoulder." We'll see how long this problem lingers...

Cliff Lee is making doubters (like me) eat crow in '08

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