Let's wait until Lewis gets a few starts into the regular season before passing any judgements. Even his 4-0 record last September is suspect because many baseball people will tell you the two worst times to evaluate players is spring training and September. That's not to say Lewis gets a pass going into this season. Far from it. In fact it wouldn't be a surprise to see Lewis struggle early this sesaon. If he does, the question then becomes how quickly can he make the necessary adjustments in order to improve his performance?
The last three spots of the Indians' rotation - Carl Pavano, Lewis, and Anthony Reyes - will bear watching all season. There are injury issues and lack of track record issues with those three pitchers that suggest that the Indians will likely need contributions from as many as eight or nine different starting pitchers this year in order to remain in contention all season.