Jun 30, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis (48) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
2. Colby Lewis
Lewis has continued his struggles from the mound, as he has a 4-1 record in his last seven starts but has a 5.00 ERA in 45 innings pitched. For the season he has an 8-4 record with a 4.83 ERA and has pitched 104.1 innings. Lewis started to take a general trend downwards starting with a five inning loss against the Cleveland Indians May 16th in which he gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits. Since that time, Lewis has a 5-2 record but owns a 6.67 ERA .
Lewis had what has been by far his worst start of the season. He pitched in the final game of the series against the Angels and gave up 10 runs on 12 hits in just 4.0 innings. His season’s ERA jumped from a 4.13 to a 4.83 from just the one game. While Lewis has been struggling, the fact that he has continued to pick up wins is interesting. The team has averaged 5.92 runs in games in which he has pitched, a number that would be difficult to maintain the second half of the season. If the offense can’t keep up the scoring while he pitches, the struggles of Lewis will be more apparent and may end up losing a spot in the rotation.
Lewis will make the start in tonight’s game against the Padres, taking on James Shields.
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