A pair of corrections and clarifications from yesterday's posts.
First, in reference to the line about zombies eating appendages, it should be stated that necks and torsos are a zombie's meal of choice. Second, I got caught up in the euphoria and referred to Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee as equals. In actuality, Halladay's consistent dominance puts him a hair ahead of Lee. They're both in baseball's top tier, but it's the same pecking order as it was when the Phillies "settled" for Lee before the 2009 trade deadline: Halladay first, everyone else second. They can both dominate in the postseason. With the exception of a Game 5 shellacking at the hands of the Giants, Lee's been lights out in his eight postseason starts. It's just that Lee has a tendency to become mortal for longer stretches. He was spotty with Texas, finishing 4-6 with a 3.98 ERA. Lee's worst outings tend to be a little worse than Halladay's duds. Conversely, Doc has reached historic personal highs that Lee has never touched.
Lee has been praised for accepting less moolah to pitch here, and rightfully so. The Phillies broke contract policy for pitchers, made a payroll exception and signed him for five years, a more lucrative contract than the below-market commitment Halladay blindly accepted to pitch here. In that regard, let's not forget what Doc has sacrificed to be here. At least Lee knew what he was getting into.
Still, handicapping these thoroughbreds is a purely academic exercise. Imagine how hard these aces will push one another. Just think of the excellence that Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick will absorb just through sheer osmosis.
Lee official today? Lee will have that examination this morning. The club is expected to officially announce his signing in a news conference this afternoon if he passes.