Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Chicago White Sox during Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 6, 2012.
Full disclaimer to start things off here: Neither the Chicago White Sox or Seattle Mariners have lineups that would strike fear into any major league starting pitcher.
But with that being said, the Texas Rangers have gotten two high quality starts from their Opening Day starter, and ceremonial No. 1 pitcher Colby Lewis to start the 2012 season.
Lewis went six innings on Opening Day, giving up two runs with nine strikeouts against the White Sox. On Wednesday night, Lewis went 6 2/3 innings, striking out six without giving up a run against the Mariners, who were in the midst of a 23-inning scoreless streak when Lewis left the game. Of course, after Lewis left the win was lost when Joe Nathan blew a save and took his second loss of the young season.
But Lewis has had his pitches working so far this season, especially his best pitch, which is his plus-plus slider that was looking especially filthy on Opening Day.
So yeah, Lewis will most definitely face some tougher offenses down the road, but through two starts you don't get much better than his 1.42 ERA with 15 strikeouts and just one walk.