Friday, May 22, 2015

Cliff Lee's Four-Ply Squat

Cliff Lee's last four starts leave much to be desired.

Cliff Lee's Four-Ply Squat

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Once again, Cliff Lee (0-5) takes to the mound Wednesday trying to break his winless skid.

But based on his last four starts (7.30 ERA, .337 opp. BA, 1.74 WHIP, we wouldn't hold your breath.

He had been holding his own for his first nine starts (2.92, .232, 1.01).

His numbers:

     9 STARTS
     4 STARTS
Phils' W-L 3-6 0-4
Lee W-L 0-3 0-2
Innings 64.2 24.2
Hits 54 35
Runs 21 20
Earned Runs 21 20
Walks 11 8
Strikeouts 66 23
Home Runs 7 2
ERA 2.92 7.30
Opp. Batting Avg. .232 .337
Opp. On-Base Pct.      .266 .381
Opp. Slugging Pct. .386 .481
WHIP 1.01 1.74
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