Maybe he needs to be angry, frustrated, annoyed, disappointed. Something. Anything other than "fine."
Sometimes getting fired up, assuming you keep everything in perspective, is beneficial.
"He handles it OK," Manuel added to traveling writers Friday night. "But I'm sure he's concerned, and why shouldn't he be? I'm sure he's upset. Why shouldn't he be?
"When I look at him, I hope he is in some ways."
But Lee has said over and over, and re-enforced it again Friday in Florida, that he's not frustrated about being winless. By the sound of it, he seemed disappointed that he didn't make it out of the fifth inning, and he should be. It was his shortest outing of the season and the first time he gave up six earned runs.
Lee needs to turn things around, and fast for this team, which after Friday's loss, dropped to a season-high seven games below .500, making it the first time that had happened since being 4-11 on April 20, 2007.
Lee is paid to be a stopper in this rotation, and he hasn't been, especially lately. And it's a downtrend now being mimicked by the rest of the rotation in the last month.
In that stretch, Vance Worley (2.70 ERA, 9 ER, 30.0 IP) is the only starter with respectable numbers. Cole Hamels (4.28 ERA, 16 ER, 33 2/3 IP), Joe Blanton (5.31 ERA, 24 ER, 40 2/3 IP), Kyle Kendrick (6.96 ERA, 27 ER, 32 1/3 IP) and Lee (5.87, 25 ER, 398 1/3 IP) have all underachieved in Halladay's absence.
When that will end is anybody's guess.
Halladay left his start on May 27 against St. Louis after pitching only two innings. Two days later he went on the DL (although the move was retroactive to May 28). The right-hander threw off a mound Friday for the first time since getting hurt, and pitching coach Rich Dubee told reporters in Miami that the bullpen session came "probably a few days early."
But what that means for him in the long run appears to be a well-kept secret.
Halladay was originally given a recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks.
Dubee, though, wouldn't reveal to writers in Florida whether or not Halladay is ahead of that pace (the six-week mark is July 8, the last game before the All-Star break. Dubee also wouldn't say when Halladay would throw next, nor would he say if/when he would begin a minor league rehab assignment.
Until he returns, it's on Lee to get things turned around.
Michael Morse (Washington Nationals) … The right fielder is showing no signs of having a tough time getting into the swing of things. Since returning from a right lat tear, Morse, 30, has hit .294 in 25 games. He's been particularly hot in the previous week. In his last seven games, he hit .484 (15-for-31), which leads all National League hitters during that time frame. He had one double, two home runs, six RBIs and nine runs scored.
Lucas Duda (New York Mets) … It's been a disappointing stretch for the first baseman. In his last eight games, he's 6-for-32 (.188) with no extra-base hits, 11 strikeouts and only one RBI. His batting average slipped 10 points in the funk.
.449 … The Chicago White Sox major-league leading team batting average with a runner at third base and less than two outs. Compare that to the Phillies, who are hitting only .256 with a runner at third and less than two outs. That ranks are 25th out of 30 MLB teams.
Did you know?
Reliever Brian Sanches, a second-round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in 1999, went back to finish college at Lamar University in Texas in 2010 after his pro career had begun. … In 2010, LHP Jeremy Horst played at three levels (Single-A, Double-A,Triple-A). … From 2002-2011, Roy Halladay has the best winning percentage (.694), most shutouts (18) and most complete games (63) among all major league pitchers. … LHP Raul Valdes defected from Cuba.
Catching up with …
Roy Oswalt: The longtime Astro turned Phillie turned Ranger has made two starts since returning to the big leagues. Oswalt, who in June signed a free-agent deal with Texas, is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA (6 ER, 12 2/3 IP) in two starts. He has walked three and fanned 12.