This is how Colby Lewis's first three starts have looked in 2015:
- @OAK -- 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 4 K's, 2 BB's
- HOU -- 7.1 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 5 K's, 0 BB's
- @SEA -- 5.2 IP, 10 hits, 3 runs, 2 K's, 2 BB's
At $4 million this year, it's fair to say Lewis is about exactly what the Rangers were hoping he would be at this point. With two starters eventually returning (Derek Holland, Martin Perez), one who might return someday (Matt Harrison), and potential starters like Chi-Chi Gonzalez, Jake Thompson and Luke Jackson coming up through the minor leagues, the expectation for Lewis wasn't that he would be a workhorse.
Heading into the year, ZiPS projected Colby to throw 100 innings in 2015; Steamer projected 154. I like to think his true innings total falls somewhere in the middle of that range, and it's roughly what you would expect from a $4 million back of the rotation starter.
Watching Cobra pitch now, it's hard not to think back on his postseason success a half decade ago. He is, after all, the franchise's most accomplished October starter, ever. Seeing him exhaust what will probably be his last innings for the Rangers -- if not his career as a whole -- for a team that probably won't be in legitimate playoff contention is, as a big fan of Lewis, a major letdown. He deserves better than this.
Otherwise, the Rangers are 5-7 and one game out of first place in the American League West.