Cliff Lee has been one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball over the past number of years. The 2012 season for Lee was one that he would love to forget however with a 6-9 record. The 2013 season is going to be one that has a definite meaning for Lee as he turns 35 and looks to win his first World Series title with an aging Philadelphia Phillies team.
Lee like most of the stars in Philadelphia right now is nearing the end of their career so there is urgency for Lee and company to get another title for the city. Lee has been in the World Series twice and lost both times. At this point of Lee’s career, he can’t afford another bad season especially being paid $25 million in 2013. While Lee did pitch over 200 innings for the seventh straight season in 2012, he gave up 26 home runs and over 200 hits. Lee has built his entire career off of one big season though when he went 22-3 in 2008. The big contract came from that season and while Lee was 17-8 in 2011, every other season has been near .500 or under it.
Lee needs to earn his money this time around and with Roy Halladay in the same boat as Lee, the two of them should have much better years in 2013 in my opinion. I really think Lee can win between 15 and 20 games if he gets the run support he really needs to be successful as the team scored two or fewer runs 11 times last season in Lee’s starts. If the runs come, Lee will be a dominant pitcher again in 2013.