So I’m watching Gary “Sarge” Matthews talk about today’s Phils-Braves pitching matchup, Cliff Lee vs. Tommy Hanson, and Sarge refers to Lee as “a certain, maybe, Hall-of-Famer.”

And I don’t know what certain-maybe means, but Lee is not a certain Hall of Famer, and he’s not maybe a Hall of Famer. Lee is a very good pitcher who seems to have finally figured it all out after a couple down years and a demotion to the minors in 2007. But Lee, who is 30, has had exactly one season with an ERA under 3.00, he’s never struck out 200 batters in a season, and if he averages 20 wins a year over the next 10 seasons, he still won’t reach 300 wins.

Sarge is the man because he wears cool hats and he’s friends with Obama. But jeez, that guy says some crazy stuff.

2 Responses to “Gary Matthews thinks Cliff Lee is a certain, maybe Hall of Famer”

  1. sarge was thinking of the arkansas sports hall of fame. tom pagnozzi got in there.

  2. Lee might not have a chance by conventional numbers, but by the time he’s up for consideration, new metrics will have had at least another 10 years to finagle themselves in to the HOF Committee. Plus some old people who vote will die.

    Lee has posted 3 consecutive seasons of 4+ K/BB, including a ridiculous season of 10.28 K/BB in 2010. He will age, no doubt, but his stuff doesn’t rely on velocity like power pitchers. He’s a control pitcher who can have success possibly until he’s 37 or 38. A couple more magnificent seasons with FIPs hanging around 3.00, and Lee could certainly make the next generation of HOFers…maybe.

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