Cliff Lee hopes to add to his already impressive postseason resume this evening when the Texas Rangers play Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
With his two wins against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS Lee is now 6-0 in his first seven postseason starts, with his teams winning all seven of those contests.
“Regardless of what other people expect of me, I expect as much out of myself or more than anybody is going to expect out of me,” Lee said. “So I don’t look at it any different than I would any other game. I expect to be successful and that’s the game plan [Monday] and every time I take the mound.”
Lee was terrific in pitching the Rangers into the ALCS with a dominating performance against the Rays in Game 5 of the ALDS, as he gave up a run and six hits and struck out 11 in the complete-game effort.[pullquote quote=”I expect as much out of myself or more than anybody is going to expect out of me,” credit=”Cliff Lee”]
His 1.44 ERA in the postseason is the fifth-lowest in major league history for a pitcher with at least five starts. Three of the four pitchers ahead of him are in the Hall of Fame.
The Yankees know full well how good Lee, who is a free agent at season’s end, has been in the playoffs, as he beat them twice in last year’s World Series, including a complete-game effort in Game 1 of the Fall Classic for Philadelphia. Get more Texas Rangers news on 1053thefan.com