Well, this sucks ... Kaley Cuoco is off the market.
The Rangers send Colby Lewis to start against Jaime Garcia in Game 6 of the World Series tonight, provided the rain doesn't shut the thing down until tomorrow.
Of all the guys they could be sending out, and this includes Derek Holland, Lewis is the guy I want the most.
No starter on this staff appears to embody the beauty of the postseason start better than this Lewis.
Former Dodgers starter Orel Hershisher told me once the reason you see pitchers who may only be average during the regular season turn into dominant pitchers in the postseason is because you are asking them for so very little.
His point was you are asking a guy to concentrate on just one start. A pitchers' motivation is obviously much greater in October, and he does not have to think about anything beyond this particular game.
Lewis is 26-23 with an ERA just a tick over 4.00 in his last two regular seasons, but in the post season he's a different man. He is 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA in seven starts over the last two years.
"I try to approach it like any other game," Lewis told me in the clubhouse after the Rangers' Game 4 win.
"It's almost easier because you know it's almost over so nothing really hurts. Everything feels good," he said.
Lewis does not have the stuff to match Derek Holland or Matt Harrison, but of the four Rangers starters in this postseason he is the better pitcher. He knows how to set up hitters.
Expect Game 6 to be another teeth-gnashing affair that will be decided with some crucial play after the sixth inning. I would not be surprised if Lewis doesn't even factor in the decision, but he does give this team its best chance to close it out tonight.
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