ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Colby Lewis is slated to pitch Game 6 of the World Series.
Just soak that statement in, Rangers fans, it should inspire confidence.
Lewis, who entered this postseason with a 3-0 postseason record, is hands down the best big-game pitcher this team has ever had, including that guy named Cliff Lee.
Lewis just has a way of calming himself, being a calming influence on everyone else and not blowing up at the first sign of things going wrong, something that plagues some of the other pitchers on this staff.
Even though he had just a so-so start in the ALCS to take his first postseason loss, Lewis was the one guy Rangers fans could feel comfortable with taking the hill in Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night with the possibility of dropping into an 0-2 hole with a loss.
Lewis didn't pick up the win, but he more than did his job and came through in a tough spot for the Rangers.
The only right-handed starter in the Rangers postseason rotation threw 65 strikes in 96 pitches, going 6 2/3 innings while allowing four hits, two walks and striking out four.
He gave up an earned run that was charged to him but scored when Allen Craig touched up Alexi Ogando on the second straight night as a pinch-hitter to drive in the Cardinals' lone run in the seventh after Lewis could've gotten out of the inning on a tough, but totally makeable play that Michael Young couldn't make at first base on a line drive.
In other words, he was really good. And it's safe to expect him to be really good again, back in Busch Stadium, when and if Game 6 comes around next Wednesday.
That's almost a guarantee now, but it would not have been even close to one had Lewis taken a loss on Thursday night, which would've been a travesty considering the way the guy pitched.