Indians pitcher Cliff Lee is slumping. Poor guy is stuck in a rut out of which he cannot escape. Sure, he won his fifth straight start in the month of April and is possibly the best left handed pitcher in the American League and still has a 0.96 ERA and a 16:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and gives up hits at the rate of one every other inning and might already be dating Megan Fox but DAMMIT HE GAVE UP A HOME RUN TO WLADIMIR BALENTIEN.
Yes, Cliff Lee's 27-inning scoreless streak ended last night in the seventh inning of an 8-3 Cleveland win over the hated Seattle Mariners. After giving up consecutive singles to Jose Vidro and Richie Sexson, Lee gave up a big fat ding dong to Balentien who was making his 2008 debut. Kid's played four games in his entire career! Lee's ERA increased three-fold after the three-run hit and manager Eric Wedge was quick to pull his starter. Actually, because he didn't record an out in the seventh inning, Cliff Lee's ERA is INFINITE over the last three batters he has faced. You can't get any higher than INFINITY!
Perhaps Rany Jazayerli was right all along. It's all a conspiracy, man!