As we opined yesterday, Cliff Lee turned in a Cy Young-worthy 2008:
“Cliff Lee should win the Cy Young after going 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA, leading the AL in both wins and ERA. He added to that a 1.11 WHIP and 170 Ks against only 34 walks (5.00 K/BB).
And frankly, when you look at those two problems—the offense and the bullpen—it really makes what Cliff Lee did this year that much more impressive, because he didn’t get a lot of run support until later in the year, and the bullpen actually blew a couple of leads for him along the way.”
And, while we won’t know for some time whether or not he brings home the Cy Young hardware, on Tuesday Lee’s incredible 2008 season was at least honored by his very-deserving reception of the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Lee was quite deserving of the award, after going 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA in 2007, which earned him a trip back to AAA Buffalo and did NOT earn him a spot on the team’s post-season roster.
Hopefully this is not the last hardware to come Cliff’s way this off-season, but it is certainly nice that his year was noticed by the writers for how amazing it was in response to his 2007. As Eric Wedge aptly put it:
“I’ve never seen a season like that. From start to finish he was incredible. There were real reasons for it. He worked hard phyically to get back.”