Cliff Lee’s return to Philadelphia’s rotation sure didn’t last long. Two starts and 2.2 innings to be exact. Lee was then removed from his start at Washington after that short amount of time with a left elbow injury. As it turns out, it was the same flexor strain that caused him to miss two months earlier this year.
Lee himself admitted that he probably will not pitch again this season, and with the Phillies out of contention, why push him?
That could leave a big hole in your fantasy rotation. Lee was 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA this year, which are rather pedestrian numbers for where he was drafted. That also means that his production should be readily available on waivers in your leagues. Here is where to look.
The standard league replacements are available in 15-50 percent of leagues. The moderates are available in 51-90 percent of leagues. The deep league replacements are available in 90 percent of more of leagues.
Jose Quintana, White Sox: Like Lee, he has a losing record(6-7). Also like Lee, he does not deserve it. Quintana has been outstanding for the Pale Hose this year, posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Not to mention 125 strikeouts in 143 innings. He is more than a suitable replacement for Lee this year.
Yovani Gallardo, Brewers: After a bit of a rough patch in early and mid July, Gallardo has righted the ship, posting scoreless outings in his last two starts. That moves his season total to 6-5 with a 3.38 ERA. Numbers that are better than Lee, interestingly enough.
Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays: After a lackluster debut, the rookie has been impressive. He has racked up a 7-3 record with a 3.48 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 77 innings. And he plays for a team that scores runs. He may do you better than Lee did.