Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers throw first inning against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Aside from that one horrible outlier of a start against the Los Angeles Angels, Colby Lewis has been pretty darn solid for the past month and a half.
Yes, that one bad start was really, really bad. Historically bad, even. He allowed a club record 13 runs (11 earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Not pretty stuff.
But throw that start out and go back to the end of June, and he's been easily the Rangers' second-best starter behind Yu Darvish, and it's not that wide of a gap.
When he takes the hill on Tuesday in Chicago, he'll be looking to notch back-to-back wins for the first time this season and rack up his third straight quality start and his fifth in seven starts. Lewis is coming off his best outing of the season in a win over the New York Yankees, which was gloriously reminiscent of his 2010 postseason run in which he won two games, including the clincher, over the Yankees in the ALCS.
Lewis fired seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. The two runs came off two solo home runs, but other than those, he was nearly untouchable. Granted, the present-day Yankees lineup isn't quite what the 2010 Yankees lineup was, so take it with a grain of salt, but it was still very encouraging for the 35-year-old vet who's still working to get back to full strength after hip resurfacing surgery last year and elbow surgery the year before that forced him to miss the entire 2013 season.
He'll look to even his record at 8-8 on Tuesday and continue building the Rangers' confidence in him moving forward as he becomes a free agent this winter.