Five Bold Predictions for the Texas Rangers’ Pitching Staff in 2014

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3. Colby Lewis makes no more than one start in the Majors.

July 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) pitches during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Injury reports are looking good for Colby Lewis but being healthy is different than being good enough to hold a rotation spot in the majors. Lewis was never anything special even when he was a workhorse. A 4.50 ERA is not going to hold a spot in this rotation and a mid four ERA is likely an optimistic prediction for Lewis. Colby’s last full season was 2011 and Lewis scuffled to a 4.40 ERA while giving up an enormous 35 homeruns. Texas will likely give Lewis a shot at some point in 2014 but it will not go well and Daniels will not cling to nostalgia on a team that should be World Series or bust.