There are two things that are certain when it comes to Cliff Lee this year—he is having a monster season so far, and he is not getting any younger.
But he might just be getting better.
I dug up some research on Lee, and tried to put what he has done both this season, and since re-joining the Phillies in 2011, into perspective. I found that age has made no difference in his output, and in many ways he has gotten better at certain things as he has gotten older.
Lee’s command is impeccable
We all know Lee is a strike thrower. It seems like every game he comes in and throws 100 pitches and 75 or so are strikes. In fact, as a side note—as a Phillie, Lee has had 20 starts where he has thrown 100 + pitches and 80 + for strikes, and also has had 20 starts where he has not issued a walk.
But back to this season.
Lee’s control is still spot-on as he works through his age 34 season. PHOTO: AP
Lee’s command is one indicator that he could be extremely effective for several more years, even he we...