Does Cliff Lee do impressions?

Denny Neagle was 27 when acquired by the Braves in 1996. At the time he had a lifetime 4.02 ERA and 1.310 WHIP.

Cliff Lee, 32, has a career 3.85 ERA and WHIP of 1.256 — negligible differences, especially when you consider Neagle pitched during the height of the steroid era.

I’ll grant you that Lee is a better pitcher, but not by much. And what are the odds the Arkansas southpaw matches Neagle’s numbers as a Brave (.667 winning percentage, 1.167 WHIP, 3.43 ERA)?

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11 Comments on Does Cliff Lee do impressions?

  1. How about we let the fillies pitch for a few seasons before we all starting blowing them as the greatest rotation ever?

  2. I have a feeling that next year they might be the best rotation baseball has seen in many years. However, Hamels is the only young pup and he’s not one of their top 3. I hope the Phillies don’t mistake this likely short term success for long-term success.

  3. They’ve got a huge amount of money invested in very few players, all of them older. It could implode in on them

  4. And I bet Lee can’t make a train whistle noise either. Or pick up a hooker that looks like a dude.

  5. ARod could’ve helped him with that last one if he’d signed with the Yankees.

  6. Jermaine's Dye // December 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm //

    I see what you did there.

  7. Lee is a big game pitcher. That impresses me.

    Oswalt had a tough first half last year. I think Hamels did, too. Those guys are all good pitchers, and I would be glad to have any of them. But I figure JJ to be healthy in 2011, and I won’t be surprised if Hanson has a breakthrough season. The Phillies are the team to beat, sure, but that’s why beating them is gonna be so sweet.

  8. rankin' rob // December 19, 2010 at 11:52 am //

    The Brewers traded for Greinke? WTF? I guess Greinke wanted the chance to play for a championship…

  9. And Cain is part of the package going over to the Royals, so he’s out as a low-cost CF possibility for the Braves.

  10. On the contrary, Tok. We can probably get him for Steven Marek now that he’s on Dayton’s team. Seems like another horrible deal for KC.

  11. If Kansas City is so desperate as to sign Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur, they’re probably not stupid enough to trade a guy like Cain.

    Also, don’t like know, but Kansas City is absolutely loaded at A and AA.

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