Cliff Lee shut out the Red Sox in a masterful performance last night by, in the words of Dustin Pedroia, pitching his butt off. The Sox recounted how appreciative they were that Cliff signed with the Phillies instead of the Yankees, so they wouldn’t have to face him multiple times, overlooking that they might have to face him in The World Series.
In Philly, commentators and fans waxed poetic about Cliff being the first Phils starter to hurl three consecutive shutouts since our 1950 complete game machine, Robin Roberts. Born too late to appreciate Robbie’s performance for The Whiz Kids, but early enough to recall Roberts and Ashburn as the only legitimate stars for the late ’50s club, it’s mind-boggling to think that he once pitched a stretch of 28 consecutive complete games over the course of a two year period. Cliff is a lefty and Roberts was a righty, and for those who never saw Robbie pitch the Phils have a current righty (#34) who bears an uncanny resemblance to #36 him in full stride.