Colby Lewis was enjoying one of his better seasons, including quality starts in 13 of his first 14 games of the year, but he was felled by a strained lat muscle in the back of his throwing shoulder at the end of June, taking him out of action for two and a half months. He was shaky upon his return. That may be putting hit mildly, as the right-hander coughed up 17 runs and six home runs in just 18.1 September innings. His diminutive strikeout rate continues to shrink with each passing season, dipping to just 5.65 K/9 in 2016, an unacceptable frequency in any league that measures strikeouts. The walk rate has remained low, but Lewis has been vulnerable to the home run throughout his career (1.47 per nine last year). Lewis is an aging free agent coming off a season marred by injury, with little in the way of performance upside to fall back on unless he lands in a highly favorable home park.
Lewis will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays on Sunday, Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake reports. Lewis will have over a week off to rest up for this one, as he wrapped up his regular season last Saturday with 6.1 innings without allowing an earned run. He lasted seven innings in both of his regular season starts against Toronto this year and struck out a season-high seven the first time out, so he'll look for another strong outing in Sunday's Game 3.
Lewis (6-4) lost after allowing seven runs on seven hits and one walk with no strikeouts in 1.1 innings during Sunday's 7-1 loss to the A's. After starting off with a scoreless first inning, Lewis went off the rails in the second, exiting after Ryon Healy's two-run homer made it 7-0 Oakland. Lewis has now lost all three of his starts since coming off the disabled list earlier this month, and appears to still be shaking off some rust after missing more than two months. Sunday's outing raised his ERA from 3.40 to 3.93 and was the first time in 18 starts this year that he failed to complete five innings. He'll look to bounce back Saturday against the Rays at home.
Lewis allowed three runs on three hits and five walks across 5.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Athletics. He struck out four. Lewis struggled with his command Sunday, tossing just 52 percent of his pitches for strikes, and he allowed the A's to take the lead for good with a two-run rally in the sixth inning before he was pulled from the game. Lewis is a candidate to nail down the third spot in the rotation during the postseason, but he will need to shake off the rust, as he was making just his second start since late June on Sunday. He will have the opportunity to get back on track Saturday against this same Oakland club.
Lewis fell to 6-2 after allowing three runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings during Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Angels. Lewis looked a little rusty after spending most of the summer on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, surrendering a trio of solo homers in his first start since June 21. He was also working on a pitch count, as he was removed after just 86 pitches. The 37-year-old was pitching some of the best baseball of his career before landing on the DL, going 6-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 15 starts, so he could offer a boost to fantasy owners down the stretch. He'll look to rebound in a friendly matchup against the last-place A's at home next Sunday.
The Rangers activated Lewis (shoulder) from the disabled list Sunday, according to Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake. Lewis is ready to return to action after missing over two months with his shoulder injury. He will jump right into the Rangers' rotation Sunday and take the ball against the Angels, a team he has recorded two wins against this season but still tagged him for six earned runs in their last matchup.
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