Colby Lewis shines again, the offense doesn’t


Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis worked another outstanding start last night against a red-hot hitting Los Angeles Angels.   Last night he held the Angels to just 5 hits and 3 runs (2 earned), walked none and struck out 4 over 7.0 innings of work.   Lewis has managed to drop his ERA down to 5.29 and has an 3.86 ERA for the month of September.

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This was another quality start by the Cobra who has managed to work 6.0 innings 8 times out of 10 starts since the All-star break.  After he was shelled the first time by the Angels back in June it looked questionable if he’d finish the season.  Since that game he’s only continued to improve and dismiss doubters.

Even if Lewis would have been able to pitch another complete game and hold them it probably wouldn’t have been enough.  Since the All-star break the Texas Rangers are only averaging 3.4 runs per game and if you dismiss the blowout games they are only averaging 2.562 runs.  One key reason the offense is struggling is a lack of power in the lineup.  Without Prince Fielder that leaves basically Adrian Beltre as the only long-ball specialist.

The Texas Rangers will be looking to plug some holes next season with their pitching staff.  Both the bullpen and starting rotation need a lot of work, but if they can get Colby Lewis for another year, that will go a long way to helping the 2015 Rangers.