Saturday, September 5, 2009

Phils' offense fails again as Lee struggles

The Phils' offense remains anemic as they fall to Houston 7-0 on Cliff Lee's second consecutive poor outing.

After failing to put a single run on the board in support of J.A. Happ on Saturday after a 1-0 win the night before, the Phillies played one of their more exciting games of the season on Sunday. Pedro Martinez outdueled Tim Lincecum in a 2-1 victory in which Pedro was extremely impressive, striking out nine batters over seven innings.

Pedro has turned out to be a great signing thus far. He's 3-0 with a low three ERA, and the Phillies are 5-0 in his starts.

Last night, Lee struggled early and the offense did nothing to back him against Wandy Rodriguez.

Fortunately, fans should not be concerned about the offense or Lee. The offense is one of the most potent in baseball, as everyone knows, and will rebound in a big way. Lee has proved to be human in his last two outings, but his mechanics appear to be the same and he should bounce back with a nice outing in his next start.

I like Charlie's decision to pull Cliff from the game after three innings. He was clearly laboring and pulling him at that point will only make him that much more rested and ready to go in his next outing. Hopefully Lee didn't take this as a sign of distrust, but realizes that Charlie is making the best decision for the team and for Cliff.

Tonight's match-up is an intriguing one, as two tough righties face-off on the mound in Joe Blanton and Roy Oswalt.

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