As Cliff Lee took the mound in Toronto last Sunday, burgers were on the grill, cold beverages were making their way toward bellies and this question was in the air: "Did Steve Carlton have anywhere near as good a month in his great 1972 season as Cliff Lee had this June (5-0. 0.21)?"
The answer is no (as you can see below), but it did bring to mind that Carlton, who would finish the season 27-10 for a team that won just 59 games, actually entered June of that season with a losing record (5-6) and that the Phils lost six of his nine starts between April 29 and June 3.
He then unfurled a 15-game winning streak en route to one of the great pitching exhibitions on the modern baseball era.
Lefty's month-by-month performance in 1972: