ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Colby Lewis will be his Game 2 starter against the Cardinals on Thursday night. He will follow C.J. Wilson, who is pitching the World Series opener on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Lewis started Game 3 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but Washington decided to move him up for the World Series.
"He has been off for awhile," Washington said. "When we get those two guys back-to-back, we'll be back to the way the rotation was at the start of the year."
This means Lewis would be in line to pitch Game 6 if necessary, and that is also scheduled for Busch Stadium. Lewis had a 5.54 ERA at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season, and a 3.43 ERA on the road.
"We certainly want to get him and C.J. out there as many times as possible," Washington said. "On the road didn't have anything to do with it. If we were home, he would still be starting Game 2."
Washington hasn't announced if Matt Harrison or Derek Holland will start in Game 3. But he suggested it might be Harrison. His two starts in the first two rounds were in Game 4, and he hasn't pitched since last Wednesday against the Tigers.
"Harrison hasn't pitched in a while," Washington said. "We don't want him to sit around too long."