Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/30/12
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Cliff Lee hasn't been frustrated as much as he's puzzled by what's gone on in the first three months of the 2012 season. For the most part, he does the equivalent of a shoulder shrug when asked about another start going by without a win.

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost 10 of Lee's 13 starts this season. In the first month, it was low run support. In the last six weeks, it's been mostly Lee and Lee alone.

Lee allowed a season-high six runs and pitched a season-low 4 2/3 innings in the Phillies' 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday. Lee is winless in 13 starts this season and has allowed five or more runs in three straight starts.

It's Lee worst stretch since he allowed five or more in four straight starts in July 2007, when he was sent to the minor leagues by the Cleveland Indians. It's safe to say Lee, now a former Cy Young Award winner making $21.5 million, more than any other Phillies player this year, will not be heading back to the minors this time around.

"I'm sure he's concerned, and why shouldn't he be?" manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm sure he's upset. Why shouldn't he be? When I look at him sometimes, I hope he is in some ways. I don't want him to be uptight and put a lot of pressure on himself, but I think he's more of a professional than that. I don't mind sending him out there every five days. Really. Where else are we going to go get somebody better?"

The Phillies have lost each of Lee's last five starts. Since Roy Halladay was placed on the disabled list a month ago, the Phillies' rotation has a 5.16 ERA.

In that same time frame, Lee hasn't done his part to step up in the injured ace's place: He's 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA.

The Phillies' loss Friday moved them a season-high 10 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.

"We've been in last place from the start until now, so I don't think anyone is really happy with how things have gone as group," Lee said. "Definitely, for me individually and as a team, I don't think anyone is really happy with how it's gone."

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