Lee Returning to Dominate Form

12 Jun

We’re now starting to see the Cliff Lee we thought we signed in December.

Lee pitched eight strong innings against the Cubs only surrendering one run.  The key to his success was again his command, the mixing of his pitches, and throwing first pitch strikes to 20 batters.

“When he’s fastball, changeup, slider and he’s on a good roll, he’s good,”  Charlie Manuel said. “But when he uses his curveball, it becomes a great pitch.”

Cliff agrees.

“Locating pitches and mixing speeds,” Lee said. “That’s the name of the game. We got a two run lead there early and that makes it easier to be a little aggressive.”

Cliff has improved to 6-5 after allowing just one run on four hits.  He’s now riding back to back wins which is something that has to make the Phillies happy. It’s only the second time this season that he’s done so. Cliff has a 0.60 ERA in his past two starts over 15 innings.

“I go from start to start,” Lee said. “When one is over I put it behind me and move on to the next one. Sometimes you get locked in to where things are going really well and hopefully I’m getting into that, but there is always something to work on or improve on and I’m never really content with how I’m doing. There is always something to get better at.”

Cliff reclaimed the league lead in strikeouts as well.  Cliff is up to 107 K’s on the year, just one above a familiar face in Roy Halladay who is sitting on 106.

It was also pretty nice to see a little run support for Cliff, too.

Side Notes –

Chase Utley – Utley had a very nice Saturday.  A two-run double, and a two-run homer.  Chase also had a really nice defensive play in the third inning where he flipped the ball to Howard straight from his glove.


One Response to “Lee Returning to Dominate Form”

  1. mlblogsbarbward June 12, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Great game to watch and enjoy yesterday. Looks like Utley is getting into his groove. It’s great to see it.

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