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.