Cliff Lee is living on a planet by himself right now, as he has no equal. (AP Photo)
Calling Cliff Lee a Beast would be an insult. He's more akin to a Beast Master right now, and he's making professional ballplayers across the league look like a bunch of lost little leaguers who are still learning the game. Lee baffled the Red Sox all night long, mixing his pitches to perfection, while giving up only two hits for his third consecutive shutout. On the other side of the mound Beckett looked rusty after his long layoff, and didn't live up to the billing of this pitchers duel.
The Sox are on a skid now, they've lost six of their last ten games, and are now looking towards - gulp - John Lackey to be their stopper tonight, which means in order to win, they'll have to score a lot of runs. The Yankees are 1.5 games ahead of the Sox in the AL East, which also means Phase 3 has officially been haulted.
Two observation from last nights game:
- Thank God almighty Lee didn't sign with the Yankees. Once again, a big THANK YOU to those Yankee fans who harrassed his wife last year.
- The Red Sox lineup is severely hurting with Crawford on the DL and J.D. Drew deciding to retire. I'd honeslty rather see Papi in LF than Darnell McDonald batting fifth (half kidding here), his OBP is below the Mendoza Line for Christs sake, I mean, there's a reason he spent 10 years in the Minor's and was only given a chance to start during the Zombie infection of 2010.
I could go on and on, but something needs to give, Nick Cafardo wrote on this today, and I agree that a real solution in RF is needed - it's a weak link, which is doubley exposed when Papi has to sit when playing in NL ballparks.
I have a lot to say on J.D. Drew too, but that needs to wait for a post of its own...