204 strikeouts and 16 wins for Lee on the season
Cliff Lee was on last night against the Atlanta Braves. He kind of reminded me of the way he pitched in the World Series in 2009 when he was on the Phillies team. Lee could do no wrong last night. Not only did Lee notch his 200th strikeout on the season, he also pitched a complete game and raised his season win total to 16 wins. My prediction of Lee rising up to challenge Roy Halladay for most wins on the team has come true.
The Phillies shut the Braves out last night in convincing style. The regular season is now dwindling down to only about 3 weeks left. Atlanta was the Phillies nearest competitor in the NL East at 7.5 GB, and now with the loss they are 8.5 GB. The remaining games in this short series will be tested by rain, and the Phillies do end the regular season down in Atlanta. If there is rainouts the next two days, there could be an interesting scenario where the Phillies would be playing the Braves for 5 games at the end of the season instead of the final three.
This season has gone by all too fast, and last night’s win was one of those games you’d like to have on video for the long winter when there is no baseball to watch. The Phillies are starting to fire on all cylinders, they can sense that the postseason is around the corner. Isn’t it fun to look forward to October baseball?
Joe Blanton is back, read Todd Zolecki’s story on it here!