The Phils were lookin’ for an ace. Particularly one that started with Roy, and ended in Halladay.
Instead, we got one that started with Cliff, and ended with Lee.
Yes. Cliff Lee. The defending Cy Young Award Winner.
This is a great addition to the rotation, obviously. It now stands at Hamels-Lee-Blanton-Moyer-Happ, but might eventually evolve into Happ-Hamels-Martinez-Blanton-Moyer/Happ.
That’s a pretty good rotation if you ask me. Let’s just take a look at Lee’s stats for a second here:
Year W-L W-L% ERA IP K ERA+ WHIP
2008 22-5 .880 2.54 223.1 170 175 1.110
2009 7-9 .438 3.14 152.0 107 143 1.303
A definite fall from grace, but Lee was on the Indians. Last in the AL Central. They have one of the worst offences in the league. His ERA is 0.6 Higher, but besides W-L he ain’t much different than last year. The only notable difference is that his ERA+ dropped 30 points. But again, the Indians have a horrible offence.
He also only allowed 0.2 more baserunners per inning on base.
Sure, he ain’t the Cy Young award winner he was last year, but he will still be a great help to the ballclub.
Now comes the question of what the Rotation will look like afterwards.
It’s a definite that Lee and Hamels will stay in the rotation. Blanton is also safe. It all depends on what the Phils do with Martinez. If he’s a bullpen guy, which I doubt, then everyone keeps their rotation jobs. If not, then we’ll be sayin’ bye-bye to either J.A. Happ or Jamie Moyer in the rotation. Honestly, I have no idea who’s gonna go.
We will be saying bye to 4 prospects. Pitchers Carlos Carrasco, once valued as the best prospect in the organization, Jason Knapp, Shortstop Jason Donald, and Catcher Lou Marson.
The Indians will not only part with Cliff Lee, but also outfielder Ben Francisco. Francisco, who is most likely is the right hander off the bench the Phils have been looking for, is batting .250 with 10 Home Runs and 33 RBI in 89 Games with the Indians this year.
Don’t forget that the series final between the Phils and the D-Backs will begin tonight at 9:40 Eastern Time. Go for the sweep!
J.A. Happ (7-1) will pitch against Yusmeiro Petit (0-5).
Also of notice, is that this is my first blog entry. Huzzah!
…I don’t really have anything else to say. Look for more updates I suppose.