ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 24: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 24, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Colby Lewis appeared to be completely spent as an effective major-league starter and on his last leg with the Rangers' organization.
But when the 35-year-old veteran take the hill on Thursday night to open a four-game series against the red-hot Los Angeles Angels, he'll be looking to register his third straight quality start — minimum of six innings, maximum of three earned runs — after going two years without one.
Lewis is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in his last three starts — the first of those three would've been a quality start had he not gone back out for the seventh inning and allowed a fourth earned run — and he's doing it with amazing efficiency. In those three starts, Lewis has 21 strikeouts and zero walks.
Another six-inning start for Lewis will be a big benefit to a bullpen that has been worked to the bone recently and missed out on an expected break when Yu Darvish faltered on Wednesday night and only made it through six innings instead of his customary seven or eight when he faces the Astros.