After struggling in his first few starts of the season and taking heat from some people about missing time to witness the birth of his child in California, Colby Lewis was in need of a renaissance.
He went 8 innings in a win over Oakland last week and again went 8 innings on Thursday night in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners in which the Rangers offense spurned Lewis much like last season when he had a really good ERA but a losing record for much of the year thanks to the lack of run support he got.
In his last two starts now, he's thrown 16 innings and struck out 17 batters.
He clearly has gotten his stuff back from when he was struggling a couple of weeks ago with some bad location and reduced movement on his pitches. One thing he never lost was his velocity, which led many to believe there were no arm issues at hand. After his last two starts, that appears to be the case.
Guys with arm problems don't throw 8 innings in back-to-back outings.
With Matt Harrison hitting a wall after a really hot start, it was imperative for the Rangers' success for Lewis to find his stuff again, and now he's done it.