Cliff Lee finished his 2013 with a doozy.
And somehow a loss.
Lee struck out 13, allowed one run on three hits in eight splendid innings, but took the defeat in the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Braves on Friday night in Atlanta.
Lee struck out 54 batters and walked one in the final month of the season, becoming the first pitcher in history to strike out 50 or more and walk one or less in a calendar month.
Afterward, Lee provided some very telling quotes about his future -- surprising candor from the usually laid-back lefty.
Here’s what he had to say, per CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury:
"I’m getting up there in age. I’m 35 years old now and when this contract’s over I plan on going home, so I’m running out of opportunities. All I can control is what I can control, and I’m going to do everything I can to help us win. That’s all I know how to do.
"Right now, I don’t (see myself pitching beyond this contract). There are a lot of things that can happen between now and then, but I just know that my kids are 12 and 10 and I’ve basically missed the first half of their lives.
"I’m financially able to shut it down, so … that’s how I feel right now. But when the time comes I might look at it differently.
"I also want to finish being good, not struggling and fumbling through at the end. I want to finish strong and take it to the house. Next year, I want to win a World Series, then another one, then another one and take it to the house. That’s what I’m wanting to do."