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Bits: Colby Lewis continues recent success

5/17/2011

&#8226 Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis struggled much of April, but he's rolling now after shutting out the Chicago White Sox Monday on five hits. Lewis fanned seven and lowered his ERA to 3.81 and his WHIP to 1.14. Remember, Lewis was very good in 2010, and seems back on track to duplicate those numbers. Invest in him.

&#8226 San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick had a crummy April as well, but his home run and three RBIs Monday give him seven of the former and 26 of the latter, a pace for a 28-103 season. Ludwick is hitting .218, but a week ago he was at .181. He's hit for power previously, so look his way if you need some.

&#8226 New York Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett cruised through five innings with a 3-1 lead in Tampa Monday, and then bad things happened, as he ended up allowing eight hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings, including three home runs. Burnett's season ERA (3.99) and WHIP (1.17) remain strong, just be aware his current numbers could regress some.

&#8226 Meanwhile, New York Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who entered his Monday outing against Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson with a 5.74 ERA, tossed seven innings of one-run ball. Pelfrey has pitched well in four of his past five outings, and while he offers little in strikeouts, his ERA keeps improving. You can do worse for a spot-starter, especially at Citi Field.

&#8226 Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek allowed only three singles and one run in seven innings Monday, beating the Detroit Tigers, but check out the walks: He issued six of them. Drabek leads the AL in the category, and unless he's simply not allowing many hits like Monday, it's tough to be successful. He and his 1.64 WHIP remain too risky for standard leagues.