ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitchs against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 30, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
It's now pretty clear who Ron Washington plans on starting in Game 2 of his team's American League Division Series on Saturday.
And it's not Colby Lewis.
Lewis had a clean, efficient start on Tuesday night, going six innings giving up two runs with five strikeouts and just one walk all in an efficient 76 pitches in his final regular-season start.
The fact Washington let Lewis go that deep in the game played his hand — he's starting the upstart Derek Holland in Game 2 of the ALDS and will hold Lewis until Game 3. The Lewis start came a day after C.J. Wilson went two innings in a tune-up heading into his Game 1 start on Friday.
It was Lewis' third quality start in his previous four outings.
Lewis, of course, made a name for himself as a clutch postseason starter last year when he was arguably the Rangers best pitcher in the ALCS and the World Series but has been hit or miss this season.
His ERA is nearly two full runs higher at home this season than it is on the road, so it would be in his best interest for the team to get homefield advantage so Lewis can toe the rubber in Game 3 in either Boston or Tampa Bay.