As the initial shock wore off, some of us baseball scribes posed a more interesting question—How many pitchers are too many for the Phillies?
The addition of Lee shored up a mediocre bullpen an interesting way. He would now join Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels to form a front four that averaged at least seven innings a start in 2010. Even the fifth starter, Joe Blanton, averaged more than six innings a start last season. In large part thanks to Halladay and Lee, the Phillies' lead the league in complete games with 14, and the bullpen threw a National League low 421 innings—without Lee.