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Colby Lewis: Rangers Can Return to Big-Time Winning

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    Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    If Colby Lewis is any sort of a right-handed prophet, Rangers fans are in for an incredible and rewarding turnaround in 2015.

    As in, from 95 losses last season to 96 wins in this season. I know, 30-game improvements in Major League Baseball are rare. But in an appearance on KRLD-FM this week Lewis predicted a shocking return to glory for his franchise.

    “I don’t see why we can’t be back to 2010-2011 form,” he told the team’s flagship radio station.

    In those years, of course, the Rangers went to consecutive World Series and went 96-66 in 2011. Last year they won 67 games.

    The reason for Lewis’ optimism is shared by fans and teammates and even some national experts who consider last year’s just an injury-induced hiccup.

    “With all the additions that we got – we just got (Yovani) Gallardo – and with guys being healthy,” Lewis explained. “With Prince (Fielder), with (Mitch) Moreland, with (Shin-Soo) Choo – those guys were playing hurt before they even had surgery. It’s just going to be a good time. Everybody puts up innings; guys going deep into games. The bullpen’s going to be more relaxed; guys are going to know their roles. It’s going to be a lot more pressure off of guys, and it’s going to be a relaxed atmosphere and a winning atmosphere, I think.”

    After missing a season with major hip surgery, Lewis returned with surprising success last year and will enter Spring Training as an important, solid cog in the 5-man starting rotation.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.