ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 22: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Colby Lewis has shown the pattern before, just like most pitchers do.
He'll go on a tear of pitching great, lay a couple of stinkers down, then get back to his winning ways.
On Tuesday night when the Texas Rangers start a three-game series in Detroit against the Tigers, who are in first place in the AL Central, the Rangers need Lewis to do just that.
Both teams are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but the Rangers are coming off a disappointing series loss in Toronto and have lost seven of 12 heading to a place (Detroit) where they're historically unsuccessful.
Lewis' main problem this year has been surrendering the long ball, as he has given up a league-high 26 bombs this year. The silver lining is that most of those have been solo shots as he doesn't let many guys on base when he's going well.
His last outing didn't go so well in the Rangers' 7-2 loss to Minnesota when he gave up two homers, four earned runs and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings.
But prior to that he had gone seven starts without a loss, racking up five wins and going a minimum of six innings in each of those starts.
One thing he'll have going for him Tuesday is that Detroit is not a homer-friendly ballpark. Another good thing? With the Rangers new bullpen, if Lewis can go six strong innings, it might be all that's required of him. Either way, the Rangers need to start holding off the Angels, who sit two games back and begin a three-gamer at home against the Twins.