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Lewis, Harrison Starts Concerning

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    NEWSLETTERS

    That's three games in four days now.

    Three games in which the Texas Rangers have allowed their opponent to score 10 or more runs, with a C.J. Wilson gem thrown in the middle.

    Of the three culprits on the mound starting, one shouldn't raise a red flag because, well, Derek Holland does this about once every three outings.

    But the last two days, in blowout losses to the Boston Red Sox, should cause some concern among Rangers fans.

    Colby Lewis had command issues on Tuesday night, struggling mightily through six innings. He missed often, and when he missed, he missed right over the heart of the plate, which is what he was doing early in the season when he struggled before going on about a two-month stretch where he was one of the better pitchers in the AL. Now isn't the time for him to revert to that.

    On Wednesday night, Matt Harrison had an awful outing, and it was his third straight subpar one.

    When at his best, Harrison can reach 94 or 95 mph on the radar gun. On Wednesday night, he was topping out at 91 or 92. That doesn't seem like a big difference, but it is.

    Not saying it's time to go sound the alarm just yet, but this pitching staff that seemed so deep is starting to show some signs of wilting. It could be the heat, or it could be something else. But whatever it is needs to get fixed in a hurry.