The Texas Rangers have announced that Colby Lewis will be the Game 3 starter for the team against the Toronto Blue Jays in their ALDS series. Martin Perez will presumably start Game 4 in Toronto, although its possible the team could potentially look to bring Cole Hamels back on short rest for that game.
We’ve known for a while that the Rangers would be going with Perez and Lewis behind Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish as their starters, but it was unknown in what order. Lewis seemed to be the likely pick for the Game 3 start, however, given his veteranocity and the greater trust he’s earned from Jeff Banister. Lewis has a 3.71 ERA in 116.1 IP this year, but also is sporting a 4.81 FIP on the season, and missed two and a half months due to a strained lat muscle.
Colby is, of course, legendary in these parts for his stellar post-season body of work. Lewis has a 2.38 ERA in 53 IP over 9 postseason outings. His being omitted from the ALDS rotation last year was a surprise, but he ended up pitching in relief in Game 4 of the ALDS against Toronto, allowing 1 runs in 3 innings of work.