El Jefe wrote:Lee told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that his second-half slide last year was two-fold. "I think it was a combination of fatigue and my failure to adjust to the hitters when they started to adjust to me," Lee said.
I cringe when I hear this fatigue thing. It's a way overused term to excuse a pitchers inadequacies. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, of course it does, but I doubt it in Lee's case.
He won 4 of his last 5 starts when "fatigue" would have been at its highest level. In his last 2 starts before the season ended, he pitched 13.1 innings and gave up just 8 hits and 3ER while striking out 12. Sound like a fatigued pitcher to you.
Quite simply if he really was fatigued, he would not have been pitching in meaningless games at that time of the year.