2012 – Colby Lewis
After being just inches and one out away twice from winning the World Series, the Rangers started 2012 with the hopes of redemption. Colby Lewis was given that honor to be the Texas Rangers Opening day starter, and after the stellar postseason,he rightfully deserved it. Lewis is probably the best Texas Rangers postseason pitcher with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.34 over 8 games/50.0 innings.
Lewis kept the Opening day winning tradition alive by pitching 7 innings and only allowing 2 runs. Which was very helpful because, unlike the previous years, the Rangers bats were not as hot and only managed to score 3 runs, but it was enough to win over the Chicago White Sox. That game was also important because that was the first game that Robin Ventura would manage and for Rangers fans, that meant the removal of the famous clip involving him and Nolan Ryan.
As we know, 2012 wasn’t kind to Lewis, he suffered injuries with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that required surgery.
"“It’s a disappointment,” he said. “Not only to me, but to my family, my teammates and the organization.” (Huffington Post)"