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Top Tribe All-Star Performances: #10 - Cliff Lee, 2008

 


Box Score

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD Unk GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Cliff Lee 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 7 20 16 8 4 4 3 1 0 0 57 0.103 0.84 1.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/7/2011.

 

Cleveland Starting Pitchers in All-Star Games before 2008

Bob Feller, 1939

Bob Feller, 1941

Bob Feller, 1946

Luis Tiant, 1968

Gaylord Perry, 1974

Charles Nagy, 1996

[Correction: Charles Nagy started the 1996 All-Star Game]

It had been 34 years  12 years since a Cleveland pitcher started an All-Star Game, and Cliff Lee made the most of the start. He was limited to two innings, but he struck out three in those two innings, including the first two he faced.

Just three months ago, though, the idea that Lee would ever make an All-Star team was laughable. While the Indians were playing for shot at a championship in 2007, Lee was off the roster, and not because he was hurt. The Indians optioned him to AAA in July after allowing seven runs in three straight starts, pitching performances a club in contention just can't tolerate. So Lee spent August and most of September in Buffalo.

Lee came to Spring Training needing to win a spot in the rotation, and came into a camp a completely different pitcher. He won back his job, and started the season on fire, allowing just four runs in his first seven starts; in five of those starts, he didn't allow a run. Despite the Indians struggling in the first half of the season, Lee entered the All-Star Break with an 11-2 record.

After the game, Lee would continue his fantastic pace, not losing his third game until his last start of the year. He would easily win the AL Cy Young award.