Surprise, Ariz – With Opening day now less than 2 weeks away, the Texas Rangers starting rotation is starting to develop. Colby Lewis probably won’t be in the who makes the starting rotation conversion When spring training it was very unlikely that Lewis would be able to make the rotation. Once Derek Holland went down it seemed that Matt Harrison or Lewis had to return to fill the void.
It won’t happen - Even though Lewis is healthy and is getting in game time, he still doesn’t appear to be ready for a position in the starting rotation. He hasn’t gone longer than 2 innings during spring training and has had a maximum pitch count of 32 (March 3). Also, looking at his stats, he isn’t quite there yet. He current has a 18.00 ERA with 2 strike outs over 4 starts / 4.0 innings. He has thrown 79 pitches with 37 of them for strikes. Lewis is notably one of the best postseason pitchers the Texas Rangers have ever had, but nostalgia alone won’t help him win a spot on the roster. After his rough game on Saturday, Lewis commented on his thoughts about making the rotation.
“I’ve got to get outs,” Lewis said. “If I’m not getting outs, I don’t think that it’s very fair for me to make the club over someone who is shoving. Hopefully I get a couple more opportunities this spring.” (Star-Telegram -Jeff Wilson)
“We’re certainly not going to be sentimental and give Colby a pitching spot on this team,” Washington said. “If Colby gets a pitching spot on this team, it’s because he won it.” (Star-Telegram -Jeff Wilson)