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Lewis, Bats Might Produce Deja Vu

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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)

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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.

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