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Birth Date8-2-1979
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age40 years, 1 months, 16 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2002 TEX MLB 15 4 34.3 1 3 0 42 26 28 4 106 11.0 6.8 1.0 7.3 0% .352 1.98 5.38 6.29 119 6.85 146.9 -0.5
2003 TEX MLB 26 26 127.0 10 9 0 163 70 88 23 109 11.6 5.0 1.6 6.2 0% .343 1.83 5.83 7.30 121 8.32 174.4 -3.6
2004 TEX MLB 3 3 15.3 1 1 0 13 13 11 1 106 7.6 7.6 0.6 6.5 0% .267 1.70 5.30 4.11 116 7.26 149.6 -0.2
2006 DET MLB 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 8 1 5 1 107 24.0 3.0 3.0 15.0 0% .636 3.00 5.18 3.00 87 3.20 65.3 0.1
2007 OAK MLB 26 1 37.7 0 2 0 44 14 23 7 94 10.5 3.3 1.7 5.5 0% .301 1.54 5.85 6.45 116 5.53 114.5 0.0
2010 TEX MLB 32 32 201.0 12 13 0 174 65 196 21 111 7.8 2.9 0.9 8.8 0% .275 1.19 3.51 3.72 86 3.09 69.8 5.1
2011 TEX MLB 32 32 200.3 14 10 0 187 56 169 35 107 8.4 2.5 1.6 7.6 0% .265 1.21 4.57 4.40 109 4.41 102.4 1.5
2012 TEX MLB 16 16 105.0 6 6 0 99 14 93 16 105 8.5 1.2 1.4 8.0 0% .279 1.08 3.82 3.43 93 3.66 83.8 1.9
2014 TEX MLB 29 29 170.3 10 14 0 211 48 133 25 99 11.1 2.5 1.3 7.0 0% .339 1.52 4.49 5.18 115 5.80 142.1 -2.0
2015 TEX MLB 33 33 204.7 17 9 0 211 42 142 26 109 9.3 1.8 1.1 6.2 0% .289 1.24 4.14 4.66 117 5.59 130.6 -1.2
2016 TEX MLB 19 19 116.3 6 5 0 103 28 73 19 112 8.0 2.2 1.5 5.6 36% .241 1.13 4.77 3.71 118 5.38 119.1 0.0
CareerMLB2331951215.07772012553779611781079.32.81.37.138%.2961.344.474.701095.16117.00.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1999 PUL Rk APL 14 11 64.7 7 3 0 46 27 84 3 6.4 3.8 0.4 11.7 0% -.377 1.13 3.50 1.95 0 0.00 0.0
2000 PCH A+ FSL 28 27 163.7 11 10 0 169 45 153 11 9.3 2.5 0.6 8.4 0% -.756 1.31 3.22 4.07 0 0.00 0.0
2001 PCH A+ FSL 1 0 4.3 1 0 0 0 0 8 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 16.7 0% .000 0.00 -0.52 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2001 TUL AA TXS 25 25 156.0 10 10 0 150 62 162 15 8.7 3.6 0.9 9.3 0% -.560 1.36 3.92 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2002 TEX MLB AL 15 4 34.3 1 3 0 42 26 28 4 106 11.0 6.8 1.0 7.3 0% .352 1.98 5.38 6.29 119 6.85 146.9
2002 OKL AAA PCL 20 20 106.7 5 6 0 100 28 99 4 8.4 2.4 0.3 8.4 0% .310 1.20 3.06 3.63 0 0.00 0.0
2003 TEX MLB AL 26 26 127.0 10 9 0 163 70 88 23 109 11.6 5.0 1.6 6.2 0% .343 1.83 5.83 7.30 121 8.32 174.4
2003 OKL AAA PCL 7 7 47.7 5 1 0 36 19 43 6 6.8 3.6 1.1 8.1 0% .236 1.15 4.32 3.02 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TEX MLB AL 3 3 15.3 1 1 0 13 13 11 1 106 7.6 7.6 0.6 6.5 0% .267 1.70 5.30 4.11 116 7.26 149.6
2006 DET MLB AL 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 8 1 5 1 107 24.0 3.0 3.0 15.0 0% .636 3.00 5.18 3.00 87 3.20 65.3
2006 TOL AAA INT 24 24 147.2 6 7 0 154 36 104 13 90 9.4 2.2 0.8 6.4 0% .307 1.29 3.69 3.97 99 4.92 103.3
2007 OAK MLB AL 26 1 37.7 0 2 0 44 14 23 7 94 10.5 3.3 1.7 5.5 0% .301 1.54 5.85 6.45 116 5.53 114.5
2007 SAC AAA PCL 15 15 95.7 8 3 0 70 23 97 8 96 6.6 2.2 0.8 9.1 0% .252 0.97 3.34 1.88 76 2.20 45.0
2008 HRO npb JCL 26 26 178.0 15 8 0 151 27 183 12 7.6 1.4 0.6 9.3 0% .293 1.00 2.31 2.68 0 0.00 0.0
2009 HRO npb JCL 29 28 176.3 11 9 0 156 19 186 13 8.0 1.0 0.7 9.5 0% .296 0.99 2.13 2.96 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TEX MLB AL 32 32 201.0 12 13 0 174 65 196 21 111 7.8 2.9 0.9 8.8 0% .275 1.19 3.51 3.72 86 3.09 69.8
2011 TEX MLB AL 32 32 200.3 14 10 0 187 56 169 35 107 8.4 2.5 1.6 7.6 0% .265 1.21 4.57 4.40 109 4.41 102.4
2012 TEX MLB AL 16 16 105.0 6 6 0 99 14 93 16 105 8.5 1.2 1.4 8.0 0% .279 1.08 3.82 3.43 93 3.66 83.8
2013 FRI AA TEX 5 5 18.0 0 1 0 23 4 15 4 96 11.5 2.0 2.0 7.5 0% .328 1.50 4.94 7.00 115 5.43 118.0
2013 ROU AAA PCL 2 2 6.0 0 1 0 10 4 4 1 95 15.0 6.0 1.5 6.0 0% .429 2.33 6.40 9.00 110 6.74 146.5
2014 TEX MLB AL 29 29 170.3 10 14 0 211 48 133 25 99 11.1 2.5 1.3 7.0 0% .339 1.52 4.49 5.18 115 5.80 142.1
2014 ROU AAA PCL 1 1 5.0 0 1 0 4 3 2 0 96 7.2 5.4 0.0 3.6 0% .235 1.40 5.29 3.60 116 4.04 85.6
2015 TEX MLB AL 33 33 204.7 17 9 0 211 42 142 26 109 9.3 1.8 1.1 6.2 0% .289 1.24 4.14 4.66 117 5.59 130.6
2016 TEX MLB AL 19 19 116.3 6 5 0 103 28 73 19 112 8.0 2.2 1.5 5.6 36% .241 1.13 4.77 3.71 118 5.38 119.1
2016 SPO A- NWL 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 8 0 3 0 117 14.4 0.0 0.0 5.4 68% .421 1.60 2.57 7.20 94 5.78 127.6
2016 FRI AA TEX 2 2 6.0 0 0 0 12 2 2 0 95 18.0 3.0 0.0 3.0 39% .429 2.33 3.50 9.00 116 8.17 180.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2010 3282 0.5283 0.4485 0.7711 0.5905 0.2894 0.8516 0.5871 0.2289
2011 3202 0.5153 0.4497 0.7972 0.6091 0.2803 0.8677 0.6345 0.2028
2012 1626 0.5271 0.4643 0.7907 0.5916 0.3225 0.8974 0.5726 0.2093
2014 2781 0.5160 0.4534 0.8200 0.6007 0.2964 0.8805 0.6892 0.1800
2015 3164 0.5041 0.4637 0.8030 0.6332 0.2913 0.8782 0.6368 0.1970
2016 1747 0.5060 0.4585 0.8127 0.6109 0.3024 0.8981 0.6360 0.1873
Career158020.51610.45540.79800.60700.29400.87510.62850.2020

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-08-22 2013-08-22 On-Alr 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Debridement and Chondroplasty 2013-08-22 -
2013-03-22 2013-10-02 60-DL 194 163 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Torn Flexor Tendon 2012-07-27 -
2012-07-19 2012-10-06 60-DL 79 71 Right Elbow Surgery Torn Flexor Tendon 2012-07-27 -
2012-06-24 2012-07-18 15-DL 24 18 Right Forearm Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2011-06-23 2011-06-29 DTD 6 4 Neck Stiffness -
2009-04-18 2009-05-02 FA 14 0 - Face Other Bell's Palsy - -
2008-07-04 2008-08-20 Minors 47 0 Right Elbow Tendonitis - -
2005-04-04 2005-10-03 60-DL 182 162 Right Shoulder Surgery Exploratory 2005-07-01
2004-04-18 2004-10-04 60-DL 169 150 Right Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff 2004-05-19
1997-01-01 1997-01-01 HS 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 TEX $6,000,000
2015 TEX $4,000,000
2014 TEX $
2013 TEX $2,000,000
2012 TEX $3,250,000
2011 TEX $3,000,000
2010 TEX $1,750,000
2005 TEX $339,500
2004 TEX $337,500
2003 TEX $302,500
2002 TEX $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$21,179,500
10 yrTotal$21,179,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 132 dOctagon1 year/$6M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$6M (2016). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 1/16.
  • 1 year/$4M (2015). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 12/4/14.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Texas as a free agent 11/20/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. May earn additional $4M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Texas 4/14/14.
  • 1 year/$2M (2013). Signed extension with Texas 9/18/12. $4M in performance, roster bonuses based on games started and days on active roster.
  • 2 years/$5M (2010-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed by Texas as a free agent 1/19/10. 10:$1.75M, 11:$3M, 12:$3.25M club option ($0.25M buyout). $0.5M in performance bonuses based on IP, starts. Award bonuses, including $0.1M for Cy Young. Texas exercised 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2008). Re-signed by Oakland 10/25/07 (split contract, $0.15M in minors). Played 2008 and 2009 for Hiroshima of Japanese Central League.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2007). Signed by Washington 11/06. Released by Washington 3/07. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 3/07. Contract purchased by Oakland 5/22/07, DFA 7/16/07. Contract purchased by Oakland 8/29/07. Claimed by Kansas City off waivers from Oakland 11/2/07. Released by Kansas City 12/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3395M (2005). Re-signed by Detroit 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3375M (2004). Re-signed by Texas 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3025M (2003). Re-signed by Texas 2/03.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002). Re-signed by Texas 2/02.
  • Drafted by Texas 1999 (1s-38) (Bakersfield JC, Calif.). $0.8625M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.3 3.3 0 8 8 48.5 47 14 32 8 .262 1.26 4.49 4.67 3.2 0.3
80o 2 3.2 0 7 7 43.1 45 13 29 8 .275 1.34 4.89 5.09 0.9 0.1
70o 1.7 3 0 7 7 39.4 43 13 26 8 .284 1.41 5.19 5.4 -0.5 -0.1
60o 1.5 2.9 0 6 6 36.2 41 12 24 7 .292 1.47 5.44 5.67 -1.5 -0.2
50o 1.4 2.7 0 6 6 33.4 39 11 22 7 .300 1.52 5.69 5.93 -2.3 -0.2
40o 1.2 2.6 0 5 5 30.6 37 11 20 7 .307 1.58 5.94 6.19 -2.9 -0.3
30o 1.1 2.4 0 5 5 27.6 35 10 18 6 .315 1.64 6.20 6.47 -3.5 -0.4
20o 0.9 2.2 0 4 4 24.3 32 9 16 6 .325 1.71 6.52 6.8 -3.9 -0.4
10o 0.7 1.9 0 3 3 19.8 28 8 13 5 .338 1.82 6.98 7.28 -4.2 -0.5
Weighted Mean1.42.705532.83811227.2981.515.665.9-2.1-0.2

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alec Asher a possible rotation mate this year? Does his mound presence comp to a Holland who's makeup seems to have help grown Holland into a great MLB SP
(@MaineSkin from ME)
I wouldn't compare Asher's mound presence to Holland, but rather to Colby Lewis. As of right now, I think Asher starts in AAA. (Kate Morrison)
2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to plan ahead for 1st round of playoffs in two weeks, which two-starter should I pick up? Colby Lewis (@KC, vs. SEA) or Hector Santiago (@HOU, @MIN)? Thanks.
(Owen from Boston)
Santiago, and it's not a hard choice IMO (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Help! My AL-only team has six players on the DL (Parker, Fister, Willingham, Profar, Izturis, and Pryor), two others nursing hammys (Hardy, Eaton), and a reliever sent down to AAA (Feliz). I can't convince anyone to part with an extra infielder for picks, so I'm stuck relying on the supplemental draft this week. Two picks. I plan on taking an IF and pitcher. Is Yangervis Solarte for real? Should I take him? The alternatives are Roberts, Goins, Flaherty, Sogard, and Wilson. How about Betances? Or should I go for a more stolid Colby Lewis, Aaron Harang or Chris Capuano?
(touchstoneQu from Erie, PA)
The best part about Scoresheet is that you don't have to answer the question of whether Yangervis Solarte is for real. When looking for playing time, your more pressing concern is whether the Yankees think he's for real, and that's likely been answered in the affirmative. We discussed this in the pod, but Solarte should be good for a little pop and some flexibility at both second and third. Sogard would be next, but maybe we just want to overturn that #FaceofMLB fiasco. As for pitchers, stolidness rules the day. We lean towards Lewis or the surprisingly resilient Harang. Betances is enticing, but if you're in the hunt, you can probably get top shelf relief from a non-contender later in the season. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much fun has it been for you seeing the steps forward Martin Perez has taken this year since you've covered him since he signed?
(Tex2045 from Augusta, Georgia)
Lots of fun. It's never been an issue of not caring. In fact, it's been the opposite. Perez often had a tendency to overthrow in the past, which would cause him to fly open in his delivery and led to side-to-side misses. Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman told me that they simply had Perez take a deep breath between big pitches, and that helped him slow the game down and relax. As a result, everything worked a lot better. Funny how simple things can be, sometimes. Either way, he's looking like at least a no. 3 starter. The stuff is taking a slight step forward, the command has mostly been strong, and he's looking more and more confident with each start. If the Rangers reach the postseason, he may have to be one of the four starters, given this week's news on Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis. (Jason Cole)
2012-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does WARP pay any attention to left/right splits with respect to value. Jose Altuve has a 3.3 Warp despite being ordinary against righties, whom he sees the majority of times. Likewise,righty Colby Lewis is ordinary against lefties, but has the same WARP as Tommy Milone who pitched about twice as many starts and whose split is fairly ordinary for a lefty. Given platooning, isn't Milone a better pitcher than Lewis? And even with positional adjustments, shouldn't we prefer Pablo Sandoval with fewer ABs and a more even split vs Altuve even though according to WARP they are of similar value?
(pathard from London)
There's no platoon adjustment in WARP. The lack of use a platoon player gets in terms of the WARP they accumulate is very real, though, and playing time is one of the big reasons we use replacement-level baselines. Now, there is an argument to be made that there's an additional roster spot opportunity cost WARP isn't factoring in, but I don't know how to quantify that. (Colin Wyers)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two starts in, his fastball velocity is down (again!) from the previous year...how worried should Lincecum owners be?
(michaelmcduffe from ottawa)
I normally advocate patience this early in the season when we're dealing with samples this small (especially when the peripherals are great), and I would with Lincecum to a large extent, but there is some reason to be a little worried. If you look at his PITCHf/x velocity charts from last year, you'll notice that his velocity really started falling off in the second-half, and though there is the possibility of calibration issues/guns running low/etc, it doesn't appear as though Lincecum has recovered his velocity at all this year. The combination of these two things is worrisome, especially when you consider that pitchers who lose velocity struggle to ever get back to where they were.

I posted an article about this (in regard to Colby Lewis) last season at THT right before I came over to BP, which I'd highly recommend reading: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/fantasy/article/velocity-strikeouts-and-colby-lewiss-rough-start/

Bottom line seems to be that Lincecum could be slightly less valuable with diminished velo, but he at least appears to be healthy and has ways of succeeding aside from the couple mph he's lost. Even with lessened velocity in the second-half of 2011, he was still a very good pitcher. He might fall from my top 5, but I'd definitely still have him top 15 and probably top 10. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Last keeper in AL only....Colby Lewis ($1 in last year of deal), or McCarthy ($1 possible 2 more years)?
(Pico from Brazil)
For this year I might like Lewis a bit more, but if you get McCarthy an extra two years at a price like that, you have to take him. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Cory, in a 20 team 4 x 4 league, would you prefer Colby Lewis for $1 in final year or EJax for $7, with 2 years left, the first of which appears to be in Wash. Same format, please rank Revere, Valencia and Reimhold. Thanks.
(stewbies from Rochester, NY)
And on that note, I'd take Lewis for $1, because I'd rather commit fewer years and less dollars to #3 or #4 starters. As with Beachy over Holland, the "environment" favors E-Jax, but otherwise I think they're comparable pitchers so I'll take the value pick. And... Reimold, Revere, Valencia. I still think Reimold has some meaningful offensive upside if he can just stay healthy and get in the lineup regularly. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Jason. Please rank the folowing SPs for the rest of the season (head-to-head, standard 5x5 cats): Colby Lewis, Jeff Niemann, Carlos Carrasco, and Josh Collmenter.
(Dennis from LA)
Lewis, Carrasco, Niemann, Collmenter (can't stay this lucky) (Jason Collette)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Colby Lewis. 19 longballs allowed already. Should I be concerned and try to move him or wait this out? Thanks...
(LoyalRoyal from Daddy Daycare)
I loved Lewis coming into the year, and he was on my short list to talk about this week, but I think I'll go over wins instead, as a result of Question #1 today. I don't love him as much as I did at the beginning of the year, but I still like him. The 19 HR are the result of both an unlucky HR/FB and a drop in FB%, which could be more legit. His pitch movement looks about the same, though, aside from his change-up getting a bit less vertical movement (though he only throws it 10% of the time). The FB% would be my biggest concern with him right now, and that's something that needs deeper analysis, though even if it remains the same, he's still allowing a few too many homers. A good thought for a future article.

The other thing that's a little worrisome is the drop in velocity, which I discussed at length at The Hardball Times shortly before coming to BP (http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/fantasy/article/velocity-strikeouts-and-colby-lewiss-rough-start/). His strikeout has done pretty much what I said to expect then, which is drop a little but not a lot. In his last start, Lewis had his best velocity of the season, averaging just a bit under 90 MPH, so that's even more encouraging.

Lewis is a guy that's rosterable in all AL-only and most mixed leagues, but he's looking like a different pitcher than the one I expected to be a surprise staff anchor this year. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, in my 6x6 roto league, my starting pitchers are Haren, Hanson, Hudson, Colby Lewis, Scott Baker, Morrow, Matusz, Ogando, and Drabek. I could use an additional bat and was offered Eric Hosmer for Brandon Morrow, you think I should take it?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
Indeed, I'd make that trade. I like Morrow but Hosmer is in a class above him. Go make that trade right now before the other guy read this. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Marc, my deep pitching staff in my current 12-team 6x6 roto league is Haren, Hanson, Hudson, Morrow, Drabek, Ogando, Colby Lewis, Matusz, and Scott Baker. Who do you think I should attempt to trade for some offense?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
Ogando, if someone is willing to give you something worthwhile for him. Is it a keeper league? Morrow would be another good sell in a single-year league, given the hype surrounding him versus his actual production. (Marc Normandin)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, let me ask what may become an annual question- who do you think will be this year's breakout pitchers (aside from Latos). When I first asked you this question in person years ago you said you really liked a young stud named Danny Haren (worked out nice) and last year you said Anderson and Romero (not bad). For 2011...? Thanks, Dan
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
I don't have any special Kreskin-like abilities... I guess I see those sorts of expectations as eminently reasonable and predictable. This year, if I had to say "he's turning the corner," I'd peg John Danks, Colby Lewis, and Wandy Rodriguez as people who will surpass expectations. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think Texas will do in games 1 and 2 with CJ Wilson and Colby Lewis on the hill?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
Huge, huge C.J. Wilson fan. I think the Rangers are going to surprise a lot of people and take down the Yankees pretty swiftly thanks to those two arms, never mind Cliff Lee. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)John - Colby Lewis put together a pretty strong season. Do you think this was a mirage or something the Rangers could expect for the next couple years?
(Shane from Miami)
Yes. He's always had a lot of talent and the one thing going to Japan did was teach him the value of throwing strikes. (John Perrotto)
2010-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Strat-O-Matic league, Hellickson, Garcia, Bumgarner, Colby Lewis and Niese will be in next year's rookie draft along with Strasburg. Teams are allowed unlimited keepers, and next year's games are played using this year's stats. Given that, would you take any (or all) of those guys ahead of Strasburg?
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
I'm afraid I don't know how Strat works well enough to answer this - does that mean that Strasburg will be limited to his actual innings pitched, or can you use him for a full season? (Colin Wyers)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my keeper league I'm allowed to keep 2 pitcher and 2 position players (with subsequent "raises" of $2 or $5). Who to keep out of the following, current salaries listed: Pos: Rasmus ($2), Youklis ($4--DL waiver wire steal), Votto ($24), Tulo ($32). Pitcher: Niemann ($8), Hudson ($7), Buchholz ($5), Colby Lewis ($3).
(Andy from Chicago)
Rasmus, Youkilis. Buchholz, Lewis. That's the best combination of talent/contracts you have. Votto's fantastic, but getting Youkilis for $20 less is huge. Tim Hudson has been having a great season, but it's not the kind you should be betting on happening again next year. Lewis will do more for you in terms of whiffs. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)In fantasy, what caliber of player would you look for in return for Colby Lewis?
(FalcoT from Buffalo, NY)
Lewis is, what, back-end starter in an 8-team league or so? So in that case you'd probably want to go out and get someone who specializes in something, like steals, in which case a Brett Gardner would be a good pickup. But is Lewis really that valuable? If his ERA creeps into the upper 3s/low 4s, are the strikeouts enough to get anything worthwhile in return? (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)You like Justin Masterson or Colby Lewis this season?
(Tom from Chicago)
Masterson. This goes back to translations, but it's just very odd to me how dominant Colby Lewis was in Japan. He lead the Central League in strikeouts the last two years with basically the same stuff he had when he was pitching (and not especially well) in the U.S. Maybe he's turned it all around, but it seems like the Japanese variable is doing more of the work. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)So if the qualities of Colby Lewis' pitches are nothing special, what's made him able to dominate hitters in Japan? Presumably that's a skill hitters aren't used to seeing over there, but isn't special in MLB. Identifying those specific factors could be valuable to both MLB teams and Japanese teams. Heck, maybe Matsuzaka's struggled with the same thing -- he can throw many decent pitches but without any one that's great.
(Sky from The Roc, NY)
One way to look at it is by analogy to pinpoint control guys who struggle when they hit the majors. Lewis had a (filthy) 369/49 K/BB ratio in two season in Japan. He walked 19 guys last year. That just isn't realistic in the major leagues, because if you left that many low-90s fastballs in the zone, American League hitters would eat your lunch. *Unless you're Greg Maddux, and he isn't. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that projected Rangers rotation could do enough to contend in the AL West with the stronger rotations in Seattle and Anaheim? Holland, Hunter and Lewis are still question marks?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
I think they have the potential to very good but they will need a lot of things to break right, i.e. their young guys need to improve and Colby Lewis needs to show he really did improve during his time in Japan. I think the Rangers will contend. I think any of the top three could win the division. (John Perrotto)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Colby Lewis?
(nils707 from MN)
Not much of a fan of the whole Lewis craze. There are plenty of guys who get it done in the minors, but not at the big league level. (NPB is a fine league, but not quite MLB caliber.) Why on earth would you give one of them a two-year deal? It's a great story line, and I may end up wrong with this one, but he's a risk that I wouldn't want to take on. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Rangers serious about givng Colby Lewis a rotation spot?
(Shane from Fort Worth)
It certainly seems like it. He had a great year at Hiroshima last year. I think it's worth a gamble. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard that Colby Lewis has returned from Japan. Think anyone picks him up?
(Ira from North Texas)
Maybe; it's not quite like my flying to Europe and telling the Bundesliga I'm available, after all. But he's 30, and he's gotten mauled in the majors. I'd take the suggestion made by Scott Atchison's similar return, and the barely-above-minimum deal that he got from Boston. (Christina Kahrl)


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