Cliff Lee Puts A Sparkle On Dull Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training

By Steven Smith
Cliff Lee
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It hasn’t been the most impressive of Spring Training seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies. The injury bug has stung multiple players; players who are supposed to play a pivotal role in what the organization is portraying to the public as a “one last shot at a title” type of team. But nobody is kidding themselves. It’s going to be a very long season at Citizen Bank Park this summer.

As if the injuries weren’t enough, veteran Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has added insult to the injuries. The disgruntled infielder has made his feelings on exhibition games quite clear. In return, the coaching staff has let him know how they feel, benching him for multiple games already. Now, with trade talks, which most likely won’t happen, by the way, swirling around the Philadelphia clubhouse, who knows how much more south the Phillies could be headed.

One bright little speckle Philadelphia fans still have though, is the exciting play of starter Cliff Lee. Judging from past seasons, he’ll do nothing but dazzle fans all season long. Today, he showed zero signs of slowing down.

Lee had another significantly strong outing today against the Boston Red Sox at Bright House Field. In six-innings of work, he struck out six while only giving up three hits and walking one. He did surrender two runs, but up until then, he was dominating. Durability won’t be much of an issue for him, so fans shouldn’t be alarmed by the outing today. In the last three seasons, he’s recorded eight complete games.

As said before, this season will definitely not be that exciting for the Phils. Fans will probably be more than willing to spend the $8 on a drink, if you know what I mean. Every fifth game, however, they can relax and enjoy the show that is Lee.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for  Follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook.

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