Predicting the Texas Rangers 2015 rotation

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Jul 24, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher

Colby Lewis

(48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees defeated the Rangers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Cobra attack: Colby Lewis isn’t the same pitcher he was during the Texas Rangers two World Series appearances, but he’s managed to show he still has a little be left in the tank.  He started off the season a little bit rough, but that’s mainly because he’s been trying to figure out how to pitch after his hip surgery.  As the season has progressed he’s managed to improve slowly and he could be part of the 2015 rotation.

2014 stats

  • Record 8-10
  • 5.52 ERA
  • 7.6 strikeouts per 9 innings
  • 103 strikeouts
  • 39 walks
  • 2.64 strikeout to walks ratio
  • 1.659 WHIP
  • -0.9 WAR (4.6 career WAR)

Since the All-star break Colby Lewis has a record of 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA over 6 starts/38.1 innings.    He recently managed to get 10 strikeouts against the Los Angeles Angels in his last outing, which was the first time he’s struck out 10 or more batters since 6/17/2012.

Lewis has said that each outing he feels better about his hip and his finally able to do some additional work between starts to help him pitch deeper in games.

So far no one with the Rangers is talking about if they’ll re-sign Lewis for next season, but at this point it seems it could likely happen.  He’ll need to finish strong, but if they can managed to get him to be 90% of what he was back in 2010 and 2011 then he’ll be a big part of the rotation in 2015.