After a night like that, you'd figure Cliff Lee earned hisself a John Rocker moment. Lash out at reporters? Splinter a bat over your knee? Double-arm bar (insert inept Phillies hitter that couldn't get him a win in the Phils 2-1 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday, despite Lee's 7.2-inning gem, which, yeah, made for his second such shafting of the season)? Whatever works. Would've been within bounds.

But Lee, the easy-living Arkansas farm boy he is, is way too classy for that. (#SouthernGentlemanSwag.) When asked about it, Lee ginned and let slip an awkward chuckle, brushing aside a blow-up op with the same grace and charm and endearment with which he fanned 12 freaking Dodgers. And still lost. Dammit.

Said Lee: "I'm not really frustrated, I'm not. Like I said, all I can do is throw pitches. I don't set goals, I gotta have this many wins, or whatever. I just wanna put up as many zeroes as I can, go deep in the game, throw strikes, don't walk guys, give the team a chance to win. That's all I can do, that's all I'm gonna try to do. Would I like to have a better record, or like to have had some wins. But what can I do about that?"

Unfortunately -- especially for the pitching-heavy Phils, for reasons you'll understand in a sec -- chalk it up as the industry standard, life as a big-league ace. Because if you peep the records of the last three Cy Young winners for each league since 2009 in starts in which they've gotten 3 runs of support or fewer (including 2012 starts), you'll find that Lee's story has been the same woeful narrative for the rest of his top-shelf pitching peers.

Career Records Of Past 3 Cy Young Winners -- 3 Runs Of Support Or Fewer
YEAR LEAGUE PLAYER W L TOTAL LEAGUE PLAYER W L TOTAL
2011 AL JUSTIN VERLANDER 15 24 39 2011 Clayton Kershaw 18 28 46
2010 AL FELIX HERNANDEZ 17 34 51 2010 Roy Halladay 16 29 45
2009 AL ZACK GREINKE 15 32 47 2009 Tim Lincecum 20 33 53

Yeah. Basically identical marks, indicative of a siesta of sorts within the sport every time a top pitcher takes the mound. Little variance, between opportunities (the range of such starts for our sorrowful subset is 39-53) and surrounding talent. But none enough to skew the data significantly.

For record: Cliff Lee (the 2008 AL Cy Young winner) is 16-34 on his career in such games. Cole Hamels is 17-33.

No, no -- I know what you're thinking: Tough life that's going to be for the Phils, who built the team with these arms as 2x4s.

Also worth noting: these findings kind of make Hamels resilience under these conditions something to behold. Or pay a ton of money for at season's end.