For the first three starts of the Texas Rangers' season, Matt Harrison was looking to be the stopper in the rotation, that guy you could count on to end a losing streak when they come about.
Since then, eh, not so much.
Harrison had an ERA of 1.23 in his first three starts — pitching 22 innings. Since? Try a lofty 11.12 ERA in 11 1/3 innings over his last three starts — under four innings per start.
Meanwhile, the Rangers' No. 2 starter, Colby Lewis, struggled through the first month of the season while being outperformed by the Nos. 3-5 starters as well as the ace, C.J. Wilson.
Then, on Saturday, Lewis was dynamite in, albeit, a great pitchers' park in Oakland, the same one Harrison pitched in on Sunday when he went 1 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 7-2 loss to the A's.
On Saturday, Lewis went a good, strong eight innings after struggling to get past the fifth prior to that, and threw 109 pitches for a good, efficient outing. He struck out six with just one walk and scattered six hits while giving up two runs in the Rangers' 11-2 win.
That's a great sign for Lewis, who had struggled with his command throughout April.
Is Harrison going to be OK? Or has Lewis firmly taken back the spot as the No. 2 starter on this team?