Keep on thinking that if it helps you sleep at night. So you are telling me that one of the best playoff pitchers over the last decade cannot handle pressure? Sure, he is not having the best year pitching wise, but a lot of the reason he still has no wins is because of the horrible Phillies offense. His last four starts have not been good, but before these last four games five out of six of the previous games he allowed three runs or less.
I suspect that if he were pitching for the Yanks right now he would probably have about seven wins. To say that he is an overrated B S artist, assuming you are not being sarcastic (which there are no signs of), just shows that you have no clue what a good pitcher in MLB is. I would gladly have Lee on this team. Had he signed in 2011 I think the Yanks would have made it to the WS last year.
Yes, I am saying that a man who has this line in the playoff's: 2.52 ERA, 7-3 win/loss, 82 IP with 10BB and 89 K's (more than one an inning), and a WHIP of, no this is not an error, 0.927 (YES I WROTE .927!). Sure his last three postseason starts have not been very good, actually they have been pretty bad, but that only makes the line I provided above more amazing.
Look at Pettittes postseason line, being that he is arguably one of the best PS pitchers in recent memory, maybe all-time, and you will see similar blimps on the radar: his 1999 postseason has very bad numbers even though he won 2 out of 3 games, his 2002 appearance against the Angels was a horror show, his time with Houston was all right to mediocre, and he has had other horrible postseasons throughout that time frame.
If you really do not think that Lee would make this team an infinitely better team than I suspect you are a very bitter person, or understand absolutely nothing about baseball.
I know this article is a bit old, and his PS stats have slipped a bit, but please try and argue against them (especially when looking at his overall PS stats and considering some very bad recent starts). I am a die hard Yanks fan, but if Lee was the current roster I would have him as the number one postseason starter (hard choice between pettitte and him) with pettitte next, and CC third.
Please scramble to do your best in proving why I am wrong. I suspect you will be scrambling for awhile.
And please remember that I have no soft spot in my heart for Mr. Lee, but to make such ignorant statements is, well, ignorant. No matter what his stats or win/loss this year is he is still a great (not just very good, not above average, but great) pitcher in MLB. I would love to have him in pinstripes.
Cliff Lee (in playoffs) > CC Sabathia (in playoffs)
Whoever is denying that is the biggest idiot ever.