Jul 052011

In an announcement that could be taken directly from the “No Shit” file, Phillies ace Cliff Lee has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month for June.

Here’s how his performance breaks down:

5 Games started
5 wins, 0 losses
3 Complete Game Shutouts
42 innings
1 ER
0.21 ERA
21 hits
8 walks
0.69 WHIP
29 strikeouts
.149 Opponent’s average against
Streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings

Lee also became the first Phillies pitcher to throw three straight shutouts since Robin Roberts did it in 1950.

Coming into June, Lee had looked good but not great, demonstrating more inconsistency than fans and the Phils front office was likely expecting.  Through April and May, he had compiled a 4-5 record with an ERA of 3.45.  Not a bad turnaround.

And with five wins, Lee had two more than the entire Marlins team.  Now, wins as a stat for a pitcher really don’t mean much, but still, they mean everything for a team. 

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