Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cliff Lee Leftovers

Some leftover Cliff Lee tidbits to chew on.

Cliff Lee Leftovers

Cliff Lee hits a sacrifice fly Tuesday against the Red Sox (AP/Matt Slocum)
Cliff Lee hits a sacrifice fly Tuesday against the Red Sox (AP/Matt Slocum) AP

Just in case you haven't had enough of Cliff Lee yet today ... 

♦ He has more RBI this month (2) than runs allowed (1).

♦ Lee’s opponents’ batting average this month reads like an interstate: .151. (Before you ask, it runs for about 330 miles through Iowa and Wisconsin.)

♦ His ERA this month is old enough to drink (0.21) in most states.

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♦ Tuesday night, he jumped from 15th (23 innings) to fifth (32 innings) on the Phillies’ all-time scoreless inning streak.

♦ He is tied for fifth on the Phillies this season in sacrifice flies (1).

♦ He now has as many RBI this season (5) as Ross Gload.

♦ He is 17-3 all-time in interleague games.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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