Lee Narrowly Misses CG in Another Phillies Shutout

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 31, 2011 11:23 PM | Comments: 22
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I could put down 1,000 words about how great Cliff Lee is and how amazing he has been, especially lately, but you already know it. I dont need to tell you that Lee finished August 5-0, just like he was June, which was one of the most incredible pitching spectacles ever witnessed.

There is really no need because when Cliff Lee is on, like he was Wednesday night against the Reds in the Phillies 3-0 win, his actions speak for themselves. As awesome as Roy Halladay is, and as fantastic as Cole Hamels has been,  there is something more enthralling about the way Lee dominates other teams. Halladay seems to do it quietly, without notice. Lee’s domination is louder, more pronounced.

In this game, he was unable to finish as he ran into trouble in the ninth, likely running out of gas. Still, 8 2/3 with seven strikeouts is plenty. He did his job and the Phillies are now one win away from a sweep. It was their 18th shutout of the season.

Hunter Pence provided another offensive spark with an opposite-field home run to right center field that had to reach 400 feet. It was basically the same spot as Tuesday’s nights bomb, a sign of pure strength.

With Atlanta’s win, the Phillies stay 7.5 up in the division, and with Milwaukee’s loss, it’s the same margin in the NL.

(Photo; AP)

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  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    you describe the difference between halladay and lee very well. something about roy halladay is like a machine. he’s like the terminator just methodically taking apart batters. cliff lee on the other hand is like a rockstar on the mound. his charisma just completely oozes off the mound . he’s cocky and nasty and he just disposes of the batter as if they’re not even cool enough to deserve to be on his field.

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Thanks Ryan H. There certainly is a difference in the two. Halladay looks like he wants to literally throw the ball through the batter skull and maybe even murder his family. Lee is just like, eff you dude, I’m ready for a beer and some tacos after the game. Lets hurry this up.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Halladay is like the robot or Pujos. Lee is like Pence.
    Lee could deal with being pulled in the 9th with 2 outs and smile about it.
    Hallday may have beat up the old man ala Frankie Rodriguez.

    3 hits and 2 defensive gems for Ruiz. Of course Lee singled him out in the post game interview. ALL of the pitchers always fo that. The heart and soul of the best team in béisbol

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Yet no mention of Hamels for Cy Young…SMH!!!!!!!!!!

    • Posts: 81 PhP54

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      No Phillie will win the Cy Young because we have quite a few candidates. Remember in 2009 it was between Wainright and Carpenter, so Tim Lincicum won? I’ll be shocked if any Phillie wins.

      Plus, and this is a shame, with Cole on the DL for the short time, that even made more of a case for Halladay or even Lee to get it.

      I want Cole to see a Cy Young, and let’s hope I’m wrong.

  • Posts: 81 PhP54

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    Agreed. One cannot compare Lee and Halladay. I am just happy to have both of them.

    I have my Worley T-Shirt and I am ready for afternoon baseball!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Maybe so but he deserves to be up there…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Halladay is right there with Kershaw. It will come down to the next month a few bad outings by either will hand it to the other. If they both pitch lights out and great it goes to Kershaw.
    Doc needs him to faulter.
    Ill actually watch the Kershaw starts now. Because I do want Roy to win the Cy. He deserves it. But he deserves a WS title more.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lees 5 shutouts are 3 more than anyone else.
    Kershaw has 2 Halladay 0.
    If he had gotten his 6th would have been intersting.

    His stats are just slightly behind Halladay and Kershaw. He is the darkhorse in the race.

  • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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    Halladay is a rock

    Lee is a rock star

    Hamels just plain rocks

    Worley’s rock solid

    Roy O is a geologist??? Clearly I’m looking for a better rock reference for Little Roy.

    Any help?

    • Posts: 3073 Chuck A.

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      He clears rocks away with his bulldozer….???…..

      • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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        And those actions rocked the boat?

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    I am totally serious when I say this: Carlos Ruiz is the best catcher in Phils history. Better than Boone. Better than Dutch. That backup play at first base last nite is the play that put me over the top.

    The Dipsy

    • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

      Boone is way up there. A true hall of fame player etc etc. And DD could swing the bat and for that team its what they needed.
      But Ruiz is on a Bench level defensively. And that is so much what this team needs.
      I am totaly serious when I say he has been team MVP the last 4 years. And as Bench is getting his statue in Cinncinnati in a few weeks. in 20 years Ruiz should be getting a statue at CBP.

      And in no way am I comparing Ruiz to Bench ( offensively) who is the greatest ever. Except defense and handling a staff. Which they both get a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. And IMO that is the most important aspect to winning long term in baseball.

      MVP MVP

  • Posts: 1060 betasigmadeltashag

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    I can not help but laugh at the great comparisions in the begining post of Halladay and Lee. And do not get me wrong I really like Lee and think he is one of the best 3 or4 pitchers when he is on a roll like now. And he is a rock Star, but for me the “Halladay looks like he wants to literally throw the ball through the batter skull and maybe even murder his family” comment is exactly Halliday worthy and is why I enjoy watching a Doc pitch. Just pure contempt for any one who has the nerve to take a walk or hit the ball when he is pitching, I love that.
    On a side note did you all see Votto tellilng Lee he was “waiting for that all night” when he got the double in the ninth, Cliff just kind of smiled. I say it before Wheels mentioned it because I watch on DVR and hit rewind when I say him saying something. Now that is fun and it is good natured razzing of opponents. Hope Worley is on this afternoon, I may even be able to watch it live

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Quite a team we’ve got here, eh fellas?

    Halladay is an intimidator. Lee is a frustrator.

    Lee’s stuff is so good and he works so efficiently that he knows that he can frustrate the opposition. The nonchalant basket catch in the postseason shows you what he would like to accomplish on the mound… he wants you to know that it’s just another day at the ballpark for him. I think he knows what he wants to do against every hitter.

    Halladay, on the other hand, wants you to be scared. He wants you to know that he’s got thirty different pitches that he can throw in any count for a strike… he wants you to know that he’s capable of running a cutter up and in that will break your bat and make your girlfriend wince in fear. He is obviously well trained on the weaknesses of the opposing hitter but I think that he is not afraid to throw something completely unexpected because that’s what makes him so great (the aura that hitting against him is virtually impossible).

    They’re both strike throwers… they’re both really good. Lee relies on his arm and Halladay relies on his effort. They’re an amazing duo…

    Hamels is becoming a nice mix of both… that’s the scary part about this team. Being around those guys has definitely made Hamels a better pitcher and he is an ace.

    Vance is completely different… he’s a thrower. He is a gas up and go kind of guy. He seems to labor a bit but I think that’s part of his paln- to make you think that he’s tired or losing something but I think that he really does have good control at all times (even when he seems like he might be on empty). He’s very confident and a bit off the wall but that all works – you think he’s a wild guy because of the goggles and mohawk but he’s actually very well controlled. Maybe that presents itself as deception but at the core, he is a fearless thrower… he trusts his arm and his defense.

  • Posts: 0 HeelsPhils

    Arizona is only 3 behind Mil. That’s one we need to watch. I’d rather the Braves get the Brew Crew in the 1st round.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I would love to see Howard really heat up in September and win the RBI, HR championships for the NL. That would be great.

    I love this team. The pitching is the best in Phillies modern day history. Great staff.

  • Posts: 0 mars.spaceman

    Cheer up buckaroo, you done good.

  • Posts: 0 mars.spaceman

    Can you please shave Mr. Lee .. :)

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    It was pretty crazy last night… on ESPN’s bottom line, they showed the Phillies at Reds … and it had Cliff Lee starting ……… coming off of the great starts by Hamels and Halladay, its almost not fair the rotation that we have

    This pitching staff is literally amazing – and we’re seeing one of the greatest things ever in Philadelphia sports history this season

  • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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    He seems to be OK to good one month, and COMPLETELY DOMINANT another. Take May he ok, June he was completely dominant, July he was good, August completely Dominant. If I had my choice, I would want him to be ok in September, and COMPLETELY DOMINANT, and undefeated in October. LOL. I am not really concerned about the pitching for October, go figure, but I am concerned about the Offense. They look good now, but what will they do in October?

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