ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 10: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers points to the trainer's arm indicating he was hit in the bicep with the ball hit by Justin Bour #48 of the Miami Marlins in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 10, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
As the grim reality of this injury-riddled season slowly engulfs the Rangers’ try-hard, patch-work heart, some things you expect.
Like overwhelmed AAA call-up Brad Snyder making poor decisions in his first Major League game playing first base. Their-record breaking number of injuries have just forced the Rangers to play inexperienced players at key positions and the results are beginning to melt. After last night’s 8-5 loss to the Marlins the Rangers are 2-6 on this horrible homestand. They’ve lost eight of 11 overall and are now three games under .500, uncomfortably in fourth place in the AL West eight games out of first and only 2.5 ahead of last-place Houston.
But there are still veterans on the field. Guys who should steady the ship. Make fundamental defensive plays. Come up with timely hits and, mostly, get people out.
Colby Lewis, I’m looking at you.
With grit, determination and savvy, Lewis just has to give the Rangers a quality start if they have any hopes of winning. Instead, he last night posted his 11th consecutive start in which he did not make it at least six innings without giving up three or fewer runs.
Lewis battled against Miami, scuffling through five innings and 106 pitches. But he allowed a base-runner in every inning and even took a line drive off his arm.
But if the Rangers are going to be anywhere close to good, Lewis just has to be better.
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.