Cliff Lee gives Phillies' rotation a boost into the stratosphere
The Philadelphia Phillies' signing of Cliff Lee wasn't the expected outcome among the People Who Cover Baseball for a Living, but there was the analysis to prove it this morning: he's back in Philadelphia as part of a starting rotation that features the Roys (Oswalt and Halladay), and Cole Hamels and somebody else. (We kid. It's Joe Blanton. Unless he's playing elsewhere.)
It's a really, really good rotation. The kind of rotation that gets seamheads talking about the glorious Baltimore Orioles rotation of the early '70s, when four guys, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Pat Dobson and Jim Palmer each won at least 20 games. And other great rotations: the Atlanta Braves of the '90s, the Red Sox of the turn of the century, the Dodgers of the '60s, and on and on. That kind of good.
But that's no guarantee of success in the World Series. Just ask those '71 Orioles.
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| December 14, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
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