Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 5/9/12

There was a time when Cliff Lee was just a strange, medicore lefty pitching for the Cleveland Indians. He got sent down to the minors as recently as 2007, then came back up and became one of the best pitchers in game. Steroids? HGH? A renewed sex life? I don’t know what it was, but Cliff Lee can flat out throw the ball. Today he came off the disabled list for the Phillies and was pretty medicore but hey, it was his first start in a while. He still threw six innings and only gave up two earned runs. If Clay Buchholz could do that, we’d all be promoting him for the Cy Young award.

Unfortunately for Cliff Lee, some guy named Kyle Kendrick came in and gave up five runs in one inning and blew the lead, giving Lee the tough-luck no-decision. Either way, Lee’s kind the man, and we’ll all always be in his debt for turning down the Yankees two years ago and instead randomly returning to the Phillies. God bless you Cliff. I hope you continue to use HGH, or whatever it is that makes you good, and hopefully Kyle Kendrick gets cut.

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