Back on Aug. 5, Colby Lewis had one of the best starts of his career with the Texas Rangers, maybe only rivaled by some of his postseason gems in 2010 only because of the big stage. But as far as pure numbers go, that start against the Chicago White Sox was his masterpiece.
A complete-game shutout, seven strikeouts, one walk and most impressively, perhaps, intense focus in a Rangers' 16-0 win, the type of game in which it'd easy to lose focus. In that game, Lewis threw just 110 pitches, not a huge number by any means, but a season-high total.
Since that night, Lewis hasn't been as sharp, and as a result, he's dropped three straight decisions putting him in a bad position Wednesday afternoon when he takes the hill in Seattle. A loss for Lewis would mark the first time in his career he's taken losses in four straight starts.
His last time out against Kansas City, Lewis was OK. He worked six innings and gave up four runs as he was hurt by the long ball — the story of Lewis' career. He'll need to build on that and have better stuff to avoid personal history on Wednesday.