The Phillies left-hander looks to finally put a number in the win column Sunday as he and the Phillies wrap up a three-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore.
Lee is the first Phillies pitcher to be winless with a 3.00 ERA or better after his first nine starts in a season since the National League started to track earned runs in 1912. As evidenced by his 2.92 ERA, Lee has pitched well enough to earn a victory. He also has struck out 66 in 64 2/3 innings and thrown seven quality starts.
"There's nothing I can do about it," Lee said after his last start, when he struck out 12 Dodgers. "That's something that's kind of out of my control. All I can do is go out there and make pitches and try to put up as many zeros as I can. ... I'm going to do that whether we're winning by 12 runs or whether it's a tie game or whatever. I try not to worry too much about that."
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel opposes Lee as he looks to snap a funk of his own and give Baltimore a series win. Hammel was scratched from a start early in May with a sore knee, and he felt like that injury limited him in his next two starts. In both of those outings, he failed to get out of the sixth inning and was limited to about 90 pitches.
Although Hammel hasn't gone much deeper into games since -- lasting only five innings last time out against Boston -- he said he's feeling good as the knee becomes less of a problem each time out.
Hammel has pitched great at home, going 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts in Baltimore, but has struggled in three career starts against the Phillies (1-2, 6.75 ERA).
Phillies: Road success
The Phillies are 13-6 in their last 19 road games, averaging 6.4 runs per game in that stretch. In their last 12 games -- in which they're 9-3 -- Philadelphia is hitting .292 with 44 doubles and 25 home runs.
Orioles: Jones snaps funk
Center fielder Adam Jones snapped his 0-for-18 streak in a big way Saturday, knocking a ninth-inning single before hitting a two-run walk-off homer in the 12th. Despite his skid, Jones is still hitting .308 in his last 29 games, recording a hit in 25 of them.
Chris Davis is hitting .338 with two doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs in his last 19 games.
The Phillies also have won seven of their last 12 Interleague road games.
Opponents are hitting .204 off Baltimore's Kevin Gregg in his last 12 outings.