Judging by certain statistics, last season wasn't a particularly good one for Colby Lewis. In the only one that truly matters, however, he's never been better.
Lewis makes his season debut Wednesday when the Rangers and Seattle Mariners close a three-game series in Arlington.
Texas won the teams' season opener 3-1 on Monday despite getting only one hit before Seattle broke out its power bats en route to a 10-2 victory Tuesday. Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano hit solo homers, while Seth Smith and Luis Sardinas each added two-run shots in a six-run eighth.
Getting burned by the longball was one of Lewis' problems last season, but he also set career highs in wins (17), innings (204 2-3) and starts (33).
Texas would gladly take another 17-win season from Lewis, even with some of the same deficiencies he displayed a year ago. The right-hander ranked among the AL's worst in hits (211) and homers allowed (26) and had the seventh-worst ERA (4.66).
He clearly benefited from the Rangers' potent offense, as his 6.20 run support average was the second-highest in the AL and the highest for a Ranger since Derek Holland's team-record 7.64 in 2011.
The right-hander went 0-2 with a 3.95 ERA in two starts against the Mariners last season, and is 1-4 with a 5.08 ERA in his last six meetings.
This is a very favorable matchup for several Seattle hitters. Kyle Seager is 10 for 27 with two homers and two doubles against Lewis, Cano is 7 for 18 and Franklin Gutierrez is 6 for 16 with two home runs.
Cruz continues to haunt his former team. Since leaving the Rangers after the 2013 season, the slugger is batting .351 with nine homers and 18 RBIs in 25 games against them.
Texas tries to get its offense in gear against Wade Miley after totaling five runs and eight hits in the first two games. The top three hitters in the Rangers' order - Delino DeShields, Shin-soo Choo and Prince Fielder - are a combined 1 for 19 with seven strikeouts thus far.
Miley makes his Mariners debut after he was acquired from Boston in December.
The left-hander's first season in the AL brought mixed results. He went 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA for the last-place Red Sox, but led the team in wins, starts (32), innings (193 2-3) and quality starts (17).
He was better in the second half of the season, posting a 4.09 ERA in his final 14 starts after he had a 4.80 mark in 18 before the All-Star break.
Miley split a pair of outings against the Rangers last season, allowing six runs and nine hits over four-plus innings in an 8-0 loss in Arlington on May 30.
Tuesday's win was the first for Seattle manager Scott Servais, who spent six years in player development with Texas. Servais got into a shouting match with reigning AL Manager of the Year Jeff Banister in the eighth inning.
The pair exchanged words after former Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch.
''I've said it since the day I got the job, it's OK to show emotion once in a while,'' Servais said. ''Obviously, there were some things that went back and forth tonight, but that's part of the game.''