For as much right as Cliff Lee did this season, he didn't get much in return. The pitcher's line from Wednesday's season-ending loss would be enough to win most games: six innings pitched, eight hits, three earned runs, seven strikeouts and no walks. Lee, however, received one measly run from the Phillies' offense. It was the 10th time the Phillies scored fewer than two runs in one of Lee's starts. It was the 14th time they scored fewer than three runs for him. In 30 games this season, Lee went 6-9 despite striking out 207 batters and sporting a 3.16 ERA. "He had the Cole Hamels going on this year," Jimmy Rollins said of Lee's tough luck. "That's usually Cole, and it happened to be him this year. That's something that he had to go through." As the Phillies head into what will surely be a busy offseason, Lee admitted he'd love to see another power bat in the team's lineup next season. "As a pitcher, you definitely want to see it," Lee said. "It's not my job to make decisions. I know that Ruben (Amaro, general manager) is going to do the best job he can to get the things we need." The Phillies' offense had a rough time producing this season, scoring 683 runs, the fewest since the team scored 668 in 1997.
Lee would benefit from another bat
Courier-Post | Oct 4