Brewers to face Lee; '09 version of CC

Cliff Lee had a stretch in late August and early September in which he looked human, but he’s otherwise been a sensational midseason pick-up for the Phillies. The Brewers, who missed Lee during their Interleague trip through Cleveland in June, will get a look at him tonight at Miller Park.

Since joining the Phillies in July, Lee is 7-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 starts including three complete games and one shutout. Compare that to the Brewers’ acquisition last summer of another Cleveland Indians lefty, CC Sabathia, who was 9-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his first 10 Brewers starts, including five complete games and two shutouts. It’s not supposed to be that easy.

As Brewers GM Doug Melvin points out, Lee was a rare impact pick-up this season. The Cardinals’ acquisition of outfielder Matt Holliday also qualifies, but otherwise many of the July trades had a limited effect.

Back to tonight’s game. Here are the lineups for both teams:

PHILADELPHIA
Jimmy Rollins  SS
Shane Victorino  CF
Chase Utley  2B
Ryan Howard  1B
Jayson Werth  RF
Ben Francisco  LF
Pedro Feliz  3B
Paul Hoover  C
Cliff Lee  LHP

MILWAUKEE
Felipe Lopez  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Mike Cameron  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Mike Rivera  C
Manny Parra  LHP

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