Cliff Lee Proving to Be All-Around Player for Philadelphia Phillies

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The Philadelphia Phillies are lucky that they did not trade pitcher Cliff Lee at the trade deadline this season. He was one who was, at the time, talked about being moved. It would have been a mistake as he is one of the best in their rotation. Lee gives it his all every fifth day, not only in pitching, but also when he steps up to the plate.

Lee has a .179 average this season. In 56 at-bats, Lee managed to get 10 hits, which I’d say is pretty good for a pitcher. Each time he steps up to the plate, he tries to swing for the fences. Lee does not have a home run this season, but he does have six RBIs. He doesn’t just go up the plate and pretend that he can hit. He goes up there in hopes in helping his team.

Lee’s main talent is of course pitching. His record this season is 14-6. He has an ERA of 2.95 which puts him 11th for the lowest ERA in all of the MLB. He has struck out 201 batters which ties him for fifth-most in the Major Leagues. He has had a strong season for the Phillies and deserves to be recognized, even though the team did not have the best season.

Many people just look at Lee as a pitcher. He is more than that. He is a true athlete. He goes out and pitches seven-to-eight innings while trying to be a power hitter. The Phillies should keep him for 2014 as he has been showing he has a lot of baseball left in him. The Phillies need a player like Lee in their lineup. He is not just a pitcher, but that all-around player that every team needs.

Rebekah is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for Rantsports.com. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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