June 22, 2016.

Anytime you can go back and revisit that glorious season of 2016, it’s a good thing. Anytime you can go back and revisit Colby Lewis, it’s even better. But this game, was, unfortunately, the beginning of the end for Colby Lewis. After starting the season 6-0 with 2.81 ERA, he lost this start, then was out nearly three months. When he came back, he lost all four starts and ended the season 6-5 with a 3.71 ERA. He was the losing pitcher in Game 3 in the Division Series against Toronto, then pitched again.


Colby is human after all.

The six million dollar man is, well, a man.

He’s been scientifically rebuilt in the hip, shoulder and elbow. He has survived a line drive off the head, hip replacement surgery, and worse of all, years in Oakland.

But the inevitable was eventually inevitiable.

He is not Mr. Perfect.

Colby Lewis has been pretty much unstoppable all season long. He entered Tuesday night’s game at 6-0 with an ERA of just 2.81.

He was, statistically, better than Cole Hamels.

But nobody stays perfect forever, like Colby showed last game when he was perfect for seven-and-two-thirds of an inning, and like Colby also showed last night when he left the game after five innings trailing 6-2 to Cincinnati.

The final score ended up being 8-2. Colby ended up with his first loss. His ERA ended up north of 3.00. And Colby’s tricep ended up with a cramp painful enough to warrant taking him out.

Cross your fingers and hope it’s nothing more than a cramp.

Because Cyborg’s quest for Cy Young has been a joy to watch. It would be a shame if they had to call him back to the lab for more rebuilding.