Phillies ace 1-C Cliff Lee, the man who has pitched like Vance Worley a year ago, continues his assault on baseball notoriety tonight as he goes for his 12th “no decision” of the year.
The man currently sits just four NDs behind Mike Morgan who — as far as we can tell — hold the Major League record for most in a single season with 15 in 1998. (H/T to reader Anthony C. who pointed that out to us in the comments here.)
Splitting time between the Cubs and Twins that year, Morgan made 22 starts and compiled a 4-3 record with a 4.18 ERA. On the season, Lee currently holds a 2-7 record in 20 starts with a 3.85 ERA, good for 49th in baseball. Yeah, his ERA shows he is better than a 2-7 record.
Yes, we know that a pitcher’s record isn’t always indicative of the way he has pitched. Still, 11 NDs with a 3.85 record should demonstrate just how unlucky he has been. In seven of his no decisions, he’s gone at least six innings and given up three or fewer runs.
In a season that has seen the Baseball Gods catch up and screw the Phillies every way, this is one history-making event that we can hope for going forward.
Come on, Clifton, we’re behind you. Earn that ND against the Brew Crew in Milwaukee.