Some things never change. On Thursday night in Atlanta, the Atlanta Braves learned that the saying can be true of pitchers. That sometimes a pitcher has a team’s number no matter how great the new and improved offense of that team is. On Thursday night Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee carved up the brand new Braves offense and allowed only two hits over eight innings. Why they didn’t let him finish is anyone’s guess because he was lights out tonight.
To give credit where credit is due, Kris Medlin of the Braves proved that he is a pitcher to be reckoned with this year. He clearly did not have his best stuff. Medlin was around a hundred pitches after five innings and that included the quick 9 pitch fifth. He was in trouble literally every single moment he was on the mound and stranded Phillies everywhere, giving up only two runs. The Braves can take that away from this loss at least. Medlin is for real even when he doesn’t have his best.
Two runs was plenty for Lee. In his last six starts against the Braves, Lee is 4-1 with a 0.78 ERA. As I said, some things never change. Lee was untouchable, plain and simple. The only hits came from the red hot Justin Upton and semi hot Dan Uggla and both were singles. He hasn’t looked better than he did on Thursday night. I don’t know what happened for Lee to have a sort of off year in 2012 but if this start against the powerful Braves is any indication, he might be solidly in 2008 form for the start of the 2013 season. That could be an awesome development for the Phillies.