He’s facing the Rangers and he’s more than ready.* He says “my sights have been set on them for several days now. I’m preparing the best I can for them.”
Lee threw six shutout innings during his rehab start for Tacoma on
Sunday, which suggests that the Cliff Lee we’ve seen the last two years
is who we’ll see tonight. And it couldn’t come a moment too soon. Although the Mariners have gotten great pitching in Lee’s absence, they’re going to need spectacular pitching to overcome their offensive woes this summer. He’ll be on a pitch count tonight, but if he looks strong I wouldn’t expect it to last too terribly long into the season. The Mariners need him too badly.
*I would like to applaud the headline writer at MLB.com for correctly using the phrase “champing at the bit” in the headline of the linked article instead of the more frequent — and totally wrong — “chomping at the bit.”