St. Louis (AP) - The 2008 season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Redbirds. But, it has not worked out that way as the Cardinals have a 10 1/2 game lead over second place Chicago in the Aaron Division. A major reason for this surprise is the pitching dominance by lefty starter Cliff Lee.
Lee has done it all for St. Louis as he has posted a 14-6 mark with a 2.26 ERA. He is also leading the league in complete games with 12 which helps give the Cardinals' weak bullpen extra rest throughout the season.
The Cardinals drafted Lee in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. Remember Dontrelle Willis? He was the Redbirds #1 pick that season and is long gone from the team.