Dubee doesn't delve into Lee's struggles

Dubee doesn't delve into Lee's struggles

Dubee doesn't delve into Lee's struggles
MIAMI -- A day after Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee remained winless on the season, pitching coach Rich Dubee refused to speak on the topic when asked by reporters.

Asked what was wrong with Lee, Dubee said, "I'm not going there."

Why not?

"He doesn't need anything in the paper," he said.

Is Dubee concerned?

"Yeah, I want to see him pitch better," the pitching coach said.

Easily fixable?

"I'm not going into it," he said.

But it is fixable, right?

"Does he have talent still? Yeah? Well," Dubee said.

Just a bad stretch?

"I'm not going into it," he said.

Frustrations getting into him mentally?


"I'm not going into it," Dubee said.

After giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings in Friday night's 6-2 loss to the Marlins, Lee hasn't earned a victory since Sept. 26, 2011, in a 4-2 win over the Braves.

The 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner has allowed five or more earned runs in three consecutive starts, recording an 8.64 ERA during that span. Over his last eight starts, he has a 5.69 ERA.

Signed to a five-year, $120 million contract in December 2010, Lee is 0-5 with a 4.13 ERA this season, and the Phillies are 3-10 when he starts.

When asked if it felt like a bad dream, Lee agreed.

"I think for the whole team, it kind of has been," Lee said following Friday's 6-2 loss to Miami at Marlins Park. "We've been in last place from the start till now, so I don't think anyone is really happy with how things have gone as a group. Definitely, for me individually and as a team, I don't think anyone is really happy with how it's gone."