Jun 25, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
3. Colby Lewis
This is a name that I know most will be surprised to see as a potential consideration. When you check out the current WAR leaders at FanGraphs, Lewis is actually second for the Rangers, helped largely by his ability to get into the win column. Lewis has a 1.8 WAR so far this season, just 0.1 behind Prince Fielder, 0.1 ahead of Gallardo, and 0.3 ahead of Moreland.
Lewis has a 7-3 record despite his 4.10 ERA in 94.1 innings across 15 starts. Lewis is in his 10th season in the majors and has an even 61-61 record with a career 4.77 ERA in 988.1 innings. His 4.10 ERA this season is below his career average but his .700 winnings percentage is his highest of his career with the closes being in 2011 when he had a 14-10 record (.583 winning %).
Lewis is less likely to make the team as a reserve than Gallardo as he has had some games in which he wasn’t been successful, but he has played a key part for the team. At nearly 36-years-old, Lewis has had great starts like his eight inning, one run performance in a win over the Chicago White Sox but may not have strung together enough dominant starts to get a spot.