Takeaways from Cliff Lee's 2014 season
August, 1, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Brad Mills/USA TODAY SportsCliff Lee left Thursday's start against the Nationals after 31 pitches, and is likely done for 2014.Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee didn't figure to be among the traded on Thursday before the non-waiver deadline, as he had pitched only twice since missing significant time with a left flexor pronator strain, and hadn't pitched so well. What was expected is that we would all hear his name bandied about in August rumors to eager contenders, should such a team feel compelled to claim him off waivers and devise a suitable trade offer. And then he'd go elsewhere.
Well, that's not going to occur anymore after Lee, the No. 5 pitcher off the board (via average draft position) in ESPN live drafts and a third-rounder overall, left his outing in Washington on Thursday night with the same pronator injury, and then after the game hit the disabled list and told reporters he's likely done for 2014. Awesome. Lee finishes with four wins, 72 strikeouts, a 3.65 ERA and 1.38 WHIP and the unexciting David Buchanan probably takes his rotation spot. Eh.
What can fantasy owners learn from this?