If there are any effects of a slow start and a little controversy, Colby Lewis isn’t showing it anymore.
Lewis walked into the Windy City and threw the first complete game shutout of his career in the Texas Rangers’ 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox Monday night. He allowed only 5 hits and had 7 strikeouts in a dominant pitching performance. His effectiveness of his slider produced 3 of those strikeouts, and kept the ChiSox hitters off-balanced all night.
In fact, the key to his success revolves around his slider. 22 of his 38 strikeouts are off that pitch, and has allowed only 10 of his 43 hits using it. Mix that in with command of his fastball, and Lewis is capable of silencing bats quickly.
There was a little controversy, if you can even say that, earlier in the year surrounding Lewis. He briefly left the team to be with his wife as she was giving birth to the newest member of the family. Many people, for whatever reason, forgot the season just started and felt it wasn’t a good idea for him to leave. This became an issue when upon his return, Lewis was scorched in his next outing. Since then, the outcry has died down and Lewis has racked up a couple of wins.
The latest win helped even Lewis’ record to 4-4 on the year, and lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.81. Now the only questions being raised is whether he’s the ace of the staff.
The way he is throwing right now, that may not even be a question at all.
Written by C. James