It might all hinge on Game 3, a game manager Ron Washington called "must-win" as the Rangers worked out Friday afternoon preparing for it.
"You certainly don't want to go down 3-0," Washington said.
Asked Friday whether he's thought of using Lee on three days' rest, Washington responded, "The only thing I'm thinking about is Colby tomorrow. I can't answer that."
That open-ended answer will send hordes of people into a raging debate, of course.
But don't expect Lee to go in Game 4.
If he does, it will rank as the biggest shocker of this series.
The Rangers had a chance to use Lee on short rest in the Division Series against Tampa Bay in Game 4. But leading the series two games to one at that point, Washington opted against the idea. The Rangers lost, then went back to Florida to beat Tampa Bay in Game 5.
Last October, the Phillies didn't ask Lee to go on short rest in the World Series, either. Lee has never pitched on short rest.
The key here is this: Whether or not the Rangers would consider moving Lee up to start Game 4, they still need to win Game 5.
Meantime, Washington answered another pitching question that completely has taken on a life of its own in the aftermath of Texas' horrendous bullpen Game 2 meltdown:
Why did closer Neftali Feliz remain sitting on the bench as the meltdown progressed in the eighth inning? Especially with a fresh arm, as he has yet to pitch in the World Series?
Washington reiterated a day later that he did not even consider the option.
"No, I didn't, because if I would have went to Feliz right there, he would have had to do something he's never done before," Washington said. "And I wasn't going to challenge him like that.
"Nope, we had other guys down there that I have a lot of confidence in getting us out of that inning. It just didn’t happen."