By Josh Kramer
119 wins. Three All-Star Game appearances. One Cy Young Award. Those were the key numbers in Cliff Lee’s outstanding career heading into play yesterday. Cliff Lee had appeared in 13 games heading into play on Independence Day. Guess how many wins he had obtained?
Try a big goose egg. Yes, Cliff Lee had zero wins in July of a season in which he did not suffer a severe injury (had a minor hiccup at the end of April). Had Lee failed to secure a victory yesterday, he would have tied former Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux’s dubious 2008 streak of 14 straight starts without a win. Talk about living up to every penny of that five-year 115 million dollar contract.
Despite striking out 89 batters in 89 innings and putting up a somewhat respectable (in this day and age) 4.13 ERA, Cliff Lee had zero wins in 2012. This…
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