ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by John G. Mabanglo-Pool/Getty Images)
As the great poet Sean Carter might have written, "I got 99 problems, but a hip ain't one."
That's what Colby Lewis is probably thinking as he prepares to be the Texas Rangers' Opening Day starter in less than two weeks when the Rangers host the Chicago White Sox on April 6.
Lewis, 32, has been a workhorse for the Rangers the past two seasons since coming from Japan and looks to be the same for the team this season. Oh, and he's also been, by far, the Rangers' best postseason pitcher the past two seasons, which by default has to make him the best in franchise history.
"I've dealt with it and will deal with it as I have," Lewis told ESPN Dallas. "I don't even know what to call it. But I know how to deal with it. Why even talk about it? I just deal with it. It doesn't concern me."
Lewis struggled through the regular season last year, putting up a 4.40 ERA and leading the league with 35 home runs allowed, but he once again flipped the switch for the postseason, bringing his two-year postseason numbers to 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA.
He's the ceremonial Opening Day starter, though he likely won't be the team's No. 1, and he deserves the honor for what he's done the past two years, especially in Octobers.