Player Profile: Brandon Lyon


Brandon Lyon signed a three-year $15 million Free Agent contract with the Astros prior to the 2010 season. His first season in Houston was outstanding. Lyon earned six wins and 20 saves while posting a 3.12 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He converted his last 18 save opportunities and the Astros had an equally nice run to finish the year. Last season was another story.

I would imagine everyone still remembers Lyon’s disappointing performance in Philadelphia on Opening Day 2011. Lyon coughed up six straight hits to the Phillies and was tagged with the loss. Lyon never got on track and something was obviously awry with the veteran right-hander. Soon it was disclosed that he had been pitching with a sore shoulder. The Astros diagnosed Lyon with biceps tendinitis and a partially torn rotator cuff. Lyon attempted to rehab the injury and was activated in early June after spending a month on the disabled list. Lyon continued to struggle and landed back on the D.L. Much like the Astros, his season was over in the middle of June.

On June 30 Lyon had surgery to reattach his biceps tendon and repair a torn labrum. Lyon has been rehabbing the arm and should be ready for Spring Training. As the only experienced closer on the roster, Lyon will be competing for ninth inning dutes. But nothing is set in stone. The competition should be wide open. If Lyon is indeed healthy he has a good shot at reclaiming his job as the Astros closer. If he does so and has a good first half of the season, I would expect Lyon to become trade bait.

The success of the team has mirrored that of Lyon since he was signed two years ago. Let’s hope Brandon is healthy and ready to compete in 2012. If so he can help the team on the field as well as in the trade market.

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  • Its Gonna Happen

    It may be harsh to say I blame Brandon Lyon for everything that went wrong last season, but that’s kind of the way I feel. I think the team had a really tough schedule to start the season last year and after shocking everybody for eight and a half innings, against a dream team heavily favored to go deep into the playoffs, Lyon comes in and screws the pooch. I believe that crushed all momentum and all hope on the ball club.

    Now, I’ve got that off of my chest and its time to forgive and forget. Lyon was rather good in 2010, and outstanding in 09 as an 8th inning guy, so we know he at least has the capability to be a good pitcher. He’s had issues with injuries the past two off season/spring trainings, so I’m hoping he has rehabed this entire offseason and is ready to come in and make a case for another big contract with somebody next year. I laughed a little when I typed that. This is a contract year for Lyon, if he intends on pitching after this year, so if he wants anything more than the ML minimum, he’d better show people he knows how to pitch because he’s not going to blow any scouts away with his stuff.

    Here’s hopin for a rebound, or at least a quick cut so we don’t have to suffer through him all year.

  • Its Gonna Happen

    It may be harsh to say I blame Brandon Lyon for everything that went wrong last season, but that’s kind of the way I feel. I think the team had a really tough schedule to start the season last year and after shocking everybody for eight and a half innings, against a dream team heavily favored to go deep into the playoffs, Lyon comes in and screws the pooch. I believe that crushed all momentum and all hope on the ball club.

    Now, I’ve got that off of my chest and its time to forgive and forget. Lyon was rather good in 2010, and outstanding in 09 as an 8th inning guy, so we know he at least has the capability to be a good pitcher. He’s had issues with injuries the past two off season/spring trainings, so I’m hoping he has rehabed this entire offseason and is ready to come in and make a case for another big contract with somebody next year. I laughed a little when I typed that. This is a contract year for Lyon, if he intends on pitching after this year, so if he wants anything more than the ML minimum, he’d better show people he knows how to pitch because he’s not going to blow any scouts away with his stuff.

    Here’s hopin for a rebound, or at least a quick cut so we don’t have to suffer through him all year.

  • astrosince1975

    Yes, that is a bit harsh. Hopefully he rebounds.

  • astrosince1975

    Yes, that is a bit harsh. Hopefully he rebounds.