It says a lot about the current state of the Texas Rangers that Colby Lewis is the "rock" and elder statesman of the Rangers' starting rotation. We didn't say best, that'd be Nick Martinez as of now, but Lewis is definitely the most battle-tested.
And that's who the Rangers will send to the bump in Houston on Wednesday night looking to secure another season-first with a sweep of the Astros to follow up Tuesday night, which saw the Rangers win their first series of the season and win back-to-back games for the first time all season.
If there is anyone who could get this job done, it would seemingly be Lewis. The veteran righty has been great against Houston in his career, especially since he returned from a few seasons in Japan in 2010 with the Rangers. Since that time, Lewis has eight starts against the Astros and has compiled a 2.01 ERA in that stretch.
Granted, this is not the same Astros team. It's the team that leads the league in home runs and had won 10 straight games before the Rangers took the first two games of the series from them. But it's the Astros, nonetheless. Lewis has had similar success against the A's, when they're bad and when they've been really good.
If Lewis can go out and pitch well on Wednesday and get another win for the Rangers, you're talking about a team that's won three straight games, which at this point, is a pretty big deal. Baby steps, y'all.