A win-loss record can be a superficial measurement of a pitcher’s season. Cliff Lee showed that in 2012. He was a much better pitcher than his 6-9 record, and he knows that.

Still, Lee winces a little when he sees that six in the win column.

It’s a pride thing.

“Yeah,” Lee said when asked Monday if having just six wins last year ticked him off. “That’s definitely not what I would expect out of myself. It was just one of those years. I happened to be the guy that didn’t get that much support and things didn’t go my way quite a bit. It can be frustrating.”

Lee hopes for better fortunes this season.

He began his countdown to the regular season with his first spring start Monday, pitching two quick, scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers in a 10-1 loss at Bright House Field. Lee did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out two.