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Cliff Lee Is A Winner

As you celebrate America’s independence — or just think it’s pretty sweet that you get this Wednesday off from work for some reason — recognize that, today, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee gained his independence from a winless season. I’m not sure if that makes any sense.

Lee allowed two runs through eight innings, and the Phillie offense supported him with three in each of the final three innings as they beat the Mets, 9-2.

Lee is now 1-5 on the year and has stopped his streak of winless starts to begin a season at 13. That’s not too close to the record as Athletics pitcher Matt Keough didn’t get his first W until Aug. 8, 1979 following 23 fruitless tries.

But Lee has little company when you consider that he’s a Cy Young winner.

Only Vida Blue’s 14 winless starts to open the 1983 year is longer among pitchers in that club. Past him and Lee, Zack Greinke (2005) and Fernando Valenzuela (1989) each put in 10 starts before getting a victory to call their own, but a bunch of guys have done that.

Happy Fourth of July, Cliff! Go celebrate knowing that you have as many wins this season as Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and still one fewer than Livan Hernandez.

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  1. Jgro
    July 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    yes, a Livan Hernandez reference. he is the ultimate non-giver of fucks

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