Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the 1st inning on May 20, 2012 during interleague play at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
A look at Colby Lewis' last seven outings reveals a not-so-hot record of 2-5 over that stretch, including Wednesday night's 2-0 loss to the Oakland A's when he went eight innings and gave the bullpen a night off after two nights of heavy work.
But that record is awfully deceiving, especially when you take a look at his last two starts — both losses in which Lewis pitched well enough to win the game.
Lewis was efficient on Wednesday, getting through eight innings on 101 pitches while allowing six hits with no walks and striking out three. In his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels, Lewis was fantastic through six innings before hitting a minor hiccup in the seventh as the Rangers lost 4-2.
Lewis' ERA is now 3.38 and he's sporting a 4-5 record. It looks like he might be on his way to another year similar to 2010, his first year back in the majors after his Japanese baseball stint. That year, Lewis had a losing record of 12-13 but had a 3.72 ERA on the season while pitching more than 200 innings. Last year, he hit 200 innings while going 14-10 but his ERA was at 4.40.
Something is clearly wrong with the Rangers' offense right now, and there hasn't been a bigger victim of that than Lewis.