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Cliff Lee

36-Year-Old Pitcher – Philadelphia Phillies

2014 Stats

W-L

4-5

ERA

3.65

WHIP

1.38

K

72

SV

0

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Lee was drafted to be a fantasy ace last season and he delivered on expectations. His ERA, WHIP, strikeout rate and walk rate were excellent and his 6.94 K/BB ratio was the best in baseball. The only ...

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STATUS:  Out     INJURY TYPE:  Elbow     EST. RETURN:  2/1/2015
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 205   DOB: 8/30/1978
BORN: Benton, AR   COLLEGE: Arkansas  DRAFTED: 4th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Cliff Lee Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $120 million deal with a vesting option for a sixth year with the Phillies in December 2010.

December 8, 2014  –  Cliff Lee News

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Cliff Lee Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 26 MAJ CLE 32 32 0 202.0 194 85 22 143 52 18 5 0 3.79 1.22
2006 27 MAJ CLE 33 33 0 200.7 224 98 29 129 58 14 11 0 4.40 1.41
2007 28 R KIN 1 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
2007 28 AA AKR 1 1 0 5.0 2 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.60
2007 28 AAA BUF 8 8 0 41.0 32 16 1 50 25 1 3 0 3.51 1.39
2007 28 MAJ CLE 20 16 0 97.3 112 68 17 66 36 5 8 0 6.29 1.52
2008 29 MAJ CLE 31 31 2 223.3 214 63 12 170 34 22 3 0 2.54 1.11
2009 30 MAJ CLE 22 22 1 152.0 165 53 10 107 33 7 9 0 3.14 1.30
2009 30 MAJ PHI 12 12 1 79.7 80 30 7 74 10 7 4 0 3.39 1.13
2009  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ CLE/PHI 34 34 2 231.7 245 83 17 181 43 14 13 0 3.22 1.24
2010 31 AAA TAC 1 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
2010 31 MAJ TEX 15 15 0 108.7 103 48 11 96 12 4 6 0 0 0 3.98 1.06
2010 31 MAJ SEA 13 13 1 103.7 92 27 5 89 6 8 3 0 0 0 2.34 0.95
2010  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ TEX/SEA 28 28 1 212.3 195 75 16 185 18 12 9 0 0 0 3.18 1.00
2011 32 MAJ PHI 32 32 6 232.7 197 62 18 238 42 17 8 0 0 0 2.40 1.03
2012 33 MAJ PHI 30 30 0 211.0 207 74 26 207 28 6 9 0 0 0 3.16 1.11
2013 34 MAJ PHI 31 31 1 222.7 193 71 22 222 32 14 8 0 0 0 2.87 1.01
2014 35 A+ CLE 3 3 0 10.2 13 6 1 8 2 0 1 0 0 0 5.06 1.47
2014 35 MAJ PHI 13 13 0 81.3 100 33 7 72 12 4 5 0 0 0 3.65 1.38
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3-Year Averages     31 31 2 222.1 199 69 22 222 34 12 8 0 0 0 2.80 1.05
Career  (View All)     328 324 12 2,156.7 2,116 843 223 1,824 464 143 91 0 3.52 1.20

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Cliff Lee Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jul. 31 @Was 2.7 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.65 1.38
Jul. 26 Ari 5.0 9 3 3 1 2 4 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.78 1.41
Last 14 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 60 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 3.8 IP/G
7.7 10 3 3 1 2 8 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 3.52 1.57

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Cliff Lee Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20146618015001.238
2013213421241611.210
201218140546802.263

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20142865412851636.320
20136631802015235221.239
20126661672316135324.253

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201446.314043843.111.45
2013107.775011610163.341.07
201299.726010510143.521.13

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201435.031029434.371.29
2013115.07301062262.430.96
2012111.343010218122.831.10
Cliff Lee Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 26 MAJ CLE 32 32 202.0 6.37 2.32 2.75 0.98 71.9% 3.79 4.00 .287
2006 27 MAJ CLE 33 33 200.7 5.79 2.60 2.22 1.30 0.54 72.7% 4.40 4.69 .309
2007 28 R KIN 1 1 2.0 18.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -0.80 .379
2007 28 AA AKR 1 1 5.0 12.60 1.80 7.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.00 .220
2007 28 AAA BUF 8 8 41.0 10.98 5.49 2.00 0.22 73.2% 3.51 2.98 .321
2007 28 MAJ CLE 20 16 97.3 6.10 3.33 1.83 1.57 0.71 61.1% 6.29 5.26 .313
2008 29 MAJ CLE 31 31 223.3 6.85 1.37 5.00 0.48 1.10 78.4% 90.5 MPH 2.54 2.85 .305
2009 30 MAJ CLE 22 22 152.0 6.34 1.95 3.24 0.59 1.00 77.1% 91.1 MPH 3.14 3.32 .325
2009 30 MAJ PHI 12 12 79.7 8.36 1.13 7.40 0.79 1.00 72.3% 91.1 MPH 3.39 2.87 .326
2009  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ CLE/PHI 34 34 231.7 7.03 1.67 4.21 0.66 1.00 75.6% 91.1 MPH 3.22 3.17 .326
2010 31 AAA TAC 1 1 6.0 6.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.87 .188
2010 31 MAJ TEX 15 15 108.7 7.95 0.99 8.00 0.91 1.10 64.4% 91.3 MPH 3.98 3.11 .304
2010 31 MAJ SEA 13 13 103.7 7.73 0.52 14.83 0.43 1.03 76.3% 91.3 MPH 2.34 2.28 .300
2010  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ TEX/SEA 28 28 212.3 7.84 0.76 10.28 0.68 1.06 70.1% 91.3 MPH 3.18 2.70 .302
2011 32 MAJ PHI 32 32 232.7 9.21 1.62 5.67 0.70 1.45 80.1% 91.5 MPH 2.40 2.78 .300
2012 33 MAJ PHI 30 30 211.0 8.83 1.19 7.39 1.11 1.17 77% 91.7 MPH 3.16 3.24 .318
2013 34 MAJ PHI 31 31 222.7 8.97 1.29 6.94 0.89 1.47 75.9% 90.7 MPH 2.87 2.98 .296
2014 35 A+ CLE 3 3 10.2 7.06 1.76 4.00 0.88 64.3% 5.06 3.79 .366
2014 35 MAJ PHI 13 13 81.3 7.97 1.33 6.00 0.77 1.92 75.2% 89.6 MPH 3.65 3.03 .371
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3-Year Averages     31 31 222.1 9.00 1.38 6.53 0.89 77.7% 2.80 2.95 .304
Career     328 324 2,156.7 7.61 1.94 3.93 0.93 73.7% 3.52 3.52 .308

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2014 Stat Review for Cliff Lee    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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6.00 K/BB
ELITE
7.97 K/9
GOOD
1.33 BB/9
ELITE
89.6 MPH Fastball
POOR
0.8 HR/9
GOOD
1.92 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.65 ERA
AVERAGE
1.38 WHIP
WEAK
3.03 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.371 BABIP
HIGH
75.2% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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Cliff Lee: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lee (elbow) has received clearance to begin his offseason throwing program, CSN Philly reports.

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Lee (elbow) is close to beginning a throwing program, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

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The Phillies activated Lee (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday.

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Lee's (elbow) flexor tendon was shown to be healing well in an MRI and he is expected to be ready for spring training, MLB.con's Todd Zolecki reports.

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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. expressed confidence that Lee (elbow) will be ready to contribute at the start of next season, CSNPhilly.com reports.

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Lee (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Monday, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.

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Lee will not require surgery on his strained left elbow, the Phillies' official site reports.

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Lee (elbow) cleaned out his locker before Wednesday's game, the Phillies' official site reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Lee did not pick up his first win of the season last year until July, and finished with just six wins on the season. The lack of wins hurt fantasy owners, but Lee provided plenty of value elsewhere. His K/9 remained very strong at 8.8, and he continued to display the best control in the majors with a 1.2 BB/9 ratio. Lee will turn 35 late in 2013, but he still looks like a safe investment. He's had short stints on the disabled list in two of the last three seasons with oblique strains, so there is a little injury risk here. That said, he's topped 200 innings for five straight years.

2012

Lee proved to be worth every penny the Phillies gave him last season as he finished third in the National League Cy Young voting behind rotation mate Roy Halladay. Lee saw his strikeout rate spike last year with the move to the NL and he continued to display his excellent control. His only real disappointment to Phillies fans was his playoff performance. Lee should remain one of the safer investments in fantasy leagues again this year but you'll have to pay top dollar to obtain him.

2011

Lee lifted Texas to an appearance in the World Series after a midseason trade from Seattle. His lone struggles during the regular season came as he was battling some back issues, and he entered the offseason as the premier pitcher on the market. He decided to sign with the Phillies following a long courtship by both the Rangers and the Yankees, and gives the Phillies a dynamic rotation behind Roy Halladay and ahead of Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. He's been among the most durable and dependable starters since 2008 and there's no reason to think he won't remain so for several more seasons.

2010

Lee proved that his Cy Young season in 2008 was no fluke with very similar ratios in 2009. The only real difference was that his BABIP rose from .305 in 2008 to .326 in 2009, which helped to bump his ERA up a bit. Instead of signing a long-term deal with the Phillies, Lee was interested in testing the free-agent market after the 2010 season, so the Phillies traded him to Seattle for three prospects and elected to make a separate deal to acquire Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays. Back in the American League, Lee will likely slip back closer to the 6.5-7.0 K/9IP mark that he had with Cleveland from the 8.4 K/9IP he posted with the Phillies in the second half of 2009. Still, he figures to be a Cy Young candidate again with a strong defense and an improving club around him on the west coast.

2009

A rebound season could have been expected but nobody saw this one coming. Lee picked up the AL Cy Young award after a dazzling season. He had shown flashes of this back in 2005 as a 26-year-old but hadn’t come close to approaching those numbers since. He made his greatest strides in limiting right-handed batters to just a .245/.279/.343 line. If the improvement against righties is for real instead of being some year-long fluke, he could hold onto most of the gains he made, but it's hard to see a repeat performance. He'll be back at the front of the Indians' rotation in 2009.

2008

Lee was slowed by an abdominal strain in the spring which kept him sidelined for the first month of the season. From that point forward, it was a large dose of ugly until he was sent to Triple-A at the end of July. He didn't go out on a high note, losing his last four starts with an 11.70 ERA to bring his season to a close with a 5-8 record, 6.29 ERA and a 1.521 WHIP. It's pretty clear his 2005 was an outlier and he heads into spring having to battle Jeremy Sowers and Aaron Laffey and possibly Adam Miller for the last spot in the Tribe rotation after the team picked up the contract option on Paul Byrd. He's a decent rebound candidate if he can win and hold onto the fifth spot out of spring training but don't expect him to regain the form he had in 2005.

2007

Lee is the type of pitcher that drives fantasy owners nuts. He was abysmal for three months last season, while being unhittable in the other three. He will be given every opportunity to work himself back into 2005 shape and is entering his late 20s, were left-handers usually take the next step. Assuming he is destined to ramp up his game, Lee would most certainly be a worthwhile gamble come draft day.

2006

Had the Indians overcome the odds and made it to the playoffs with their late drive, Lee would have been a shoe-in for the Cy Young Award. Keeping his walks and home-run totals down, Lee turned in a beautiful 18-5 campaign that included a 9-1 record after the All-Star break. His peripherals promote caution, as his 1.218 WHIP, falling strikeout rate and 3.79 ERA display some fortunate bounces among those 18 wins. Post-season surgery on a hernia is expected to be healed in time for the spring.

2005

It was a tale of two seasons for Lee in 2004. Cleveland's young lefthander was 9-1, 3.81 before the All-Star break and 5-7, 7.91 afterward. Despite being lit up for 10 weeks, it was a positive season for Lee. He stayed aggressive in the second half, walking 30 men in his final 15 starts after dealing 51 walks in his first 18 starts. Lee ranked 11th in the AL in strikeouts and tied for eighth in wins. He has good stuff, a nice motion, and is on an up-and-coming team. Lee may need another couple of years to develop into a big winner, but that is where he is headed.

2004

Lee is highly touted for good reason, and was 10-4 between Triple-A and the majors, showing the ability to strike people out at both levels. As with any young pitcher, he will need to work on getting the ball over the plate on a consistent basis. Look for him to compete for a starting job in the spring, with the possibility that he bounces between Cleveland and Buffalo at the beginning of the season.

2003

Lee has ranked among the toughest pitchers to hit in the entire minors in both 2001 and 2002. Though he's a bit older than you'd like for a Double-A prospect, he possesses four quality pitches and above average command. He rocketed through the Indians' organization after the Bartolo Colon trade.