You know, just in case you had any doubts.
Cliff Lee earned the 100th victory of his career Friday night, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Athletics. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA over his first six starts since joining Texas.
While that’s pretty impressive on its own, consider that Lee has now worked eight innings or more in 10 consecutive starts. Nobody has done that since Pat Hentgen of the Blue Jays went 12 straight in 1996.
Lee also struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter Friday, improving his strikeout-to-walk ratio to a ridiculous 126-to-9. As you’ll see here at Baseball Reference, Lee is currently on pace to shatter Bret Saberhagen’s single-season record from 1994.
Oh, and the Rangers now lead the American League West by 9 1/2 games, their largest margin of the season. They are sittin’ pretty.
The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.
Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.
The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.
The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.