Phillies: Lefty's Months

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Cliff Lee takes the mound against the Braves on Saturday afternoon. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

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:

Month      W-L ERA    GS    CG    Sho IP    H    BB    SO
April 3-1    1.59 4 3 2    34.0    14 7 34
May 2-5 3.81 7 4 0 54.1 50 17 60
June 4-0 2.41 7 3 1 56.0 47 19 65
July 6-0 1.48 7 6 2 61.0 41 11 49
Aug. 6-2 1.67 8 6 2 70.0 45 18 51
Sept. 5-2 1.16 7 7 1 62.0 51 14 44
Oct. 1-0 1.00 1 1 0 9.0 9 1 7

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