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Fantasy Baseball: Should You Trust Colby Lewis?

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 22:  Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJuly 3, 2011

Colby Lewis has given up four or more runs in six of his 16 starts. He’s either real good or real bad. There hasn’t been much middle ground this year. He’s been a seesaw this year, alternating good and bad months.

Lewis had a 5.70 ERA in April. He followed it up with a sparkling 2.43 ERA in May. June was another disaster, as noted by his 5.81 ERA for the month.

One thing you can count on Colby for is his strikeouts. He has 83 in 100 innings on the year. He’s had at least six strikeouts in half of his starts. He’s really dialed it up as of late, racking up 24 strikeouts over 20.1 innings in his past three starts.

Colby is best used on the road against predominantly right-handed hitters. His road ERA (3.19) is almost three full runs lower than his home mark (6.13). Lefties are hitting .316 against him with a 9.87 ERA. While he’s serving up batting practice to lefties, he’s been tough on right-handed batters to the tune of a .185 BAA with a .545 OPS.

If you pick your spots with Colby, you should be in pretty good shape the rest of the way. It’s just too bad that he isn’t a National League pitcher. In interleague play he was 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA. His next start comes on the fourth at home against Baltimore. He’s been rock solid his past three starts, but tread carefully.


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