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Lewis, Bats Might Produce Deja Vu

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    NEWSLETTERS

    When Colby Lewis takes the hill tonight after Wednesday's postponement, there will be no one in Busch Stadium calmer than the 32-year-old journeyman righty.

    Lewis, a slightly above average regular-season pitcher, has established himself as the greatest postseason pitcher in Texas Rangers history, albeit against a pretty small sample size, but he's also one of the best going in baseball recently and the numbers prove it.

    Now he has a chance to go down in the history books pitching the clincher tonight in the World Series and bring the Rangers their first-ever world championship.

    Opposing him is Jaime Garcia, a soft-tossing lefty who shut the Rangers down in Game 2 before a ninth-inning rally and a few strokes of good luck let the Rangers come back to win the game 2-1 and tie the series at 1-1 instead of going into an 0-2 hole.

    It's going to be hard for a finesse pitcher to shut down the Rangers twice in a matter of days. It's going to be hard for Garcia, who gave up three hits through seven innings, to keep the lefty-crushing Mike Napoli hitless again.

    Lewis gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings in that game and held Albert Pujols to an 0-for-4 night.

    This game could likely resemble a night like Game 6 of the ALCS last year when the Rangers bats came to life in the middle innings and beat the Yankees 6-1 as Lewis pitched a masterful eight innings.

    Or more recently, Game 6 of this year's ALCS when the Rangers crushed Max Scherzer, who was successful in his Game 2 outing, en route to a 15-5 win to clinch the AL pennant.

    Get excited, Rangers fans. Your time is coming.