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Looking Ahead: No. 3 Starter

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    ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by John G. Mabanglo-Pool/Getty Images)

    In what will be a daily post, we'll talk about the upcoming season for the Texas Rangers and where guys fit in on the roster. It's almost baseball time!

    Colby Lewis will start on Opening Day against the Chicago White Sox, that much we know, as Rangers manager Ron Washington has already decided to give Lewis the honor. He deserves it after the last two postseasons he's turned in for the Rangers with his 4-1 record and sub-3.00 ERA.

    But let's be real honest here. If Colby Lewis is the team's No. 1 starter, the Rangers have some serious issues. He had his best success in his two seasons in Arlington back in 2010 when he was a No. 3 pitcher and threw down a 3.72 ERA and a 12-13 record, thanks to his incredible lack of run support.

    Last season, he got that run support and posted a 14-10 record as the Rangers' No. 2, but his ERA was nearly a full run higher at 4.40.

    Lewis is a what baseball people like to call a "bulldog." He eats up innings as an automatic to throw 200 innings a year and he has the ability to rack up a lot of strikeouts with his posssession of a true "out pitch."

    This season, expect somewhere in the middle of his 2010 and 2011 stats, probably an ERA a shade above 4.00 and 13 or 14 wins, pretty much the numbers of a No. 3 starter.

    Now, with that being said, buckle your safety belts, rest of baseball, when Lewis gets into the postseason.