Phillies starter Cliff Lee was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves. The lefty allowed just one run — an eighth-inning Chris Johnson solo home run — in eight innings while striking out 13 and walking none. It was part of an historically-great month of September and an overall productive season in Phillies red pinstripes.
For all his personal success however he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to win a championship. After signing a five-year deal with the Phillies after the 2010 season he pitched in the 2011 NLDS against the Cardinals but the Phillies were ousted in five games. That was the last time the Phillies were post-season contenders and it seems like that may be the case through the remainder of Lee’s contract. Lee is owed $25 million in each of 2014 and 2015 and he has a 2016 option for $27.5 million which vests based on playing time and health.