Jordan Lyles‘ on-the-road struggles were non-existent today as the rookie went all nine innings in Milwaukee and earned the W in his last start of the season. The Astros last visit to Miller Park as a member of the National League resulted in a 7-0 shutout of the Brewer.
With the aid of four solo home runs, including one from Lyles himself, the Houston Astros claimed the weekend series against the Brew Crew and eliminated the team from wild-card contention in the National League.
There hasn’t been much to get excited about this year, and wins have been coming at a pretty slow pace. September however, in typical Astros fashion of course, has still managed to be somewhat exciting. The role of spoiler is in my opinion the second best role you can play in sports providing your team is no longer in playoff contention.
Also with home runs today were Fernando Martinez, Matt Dominguez and Jed Lowrie giving the club 11 total for the series. The club accomplished a feat it had not succeeded in since 2003 by having three consecutive games with three or more home runs hit in each of them.
Lyles allowed four hits during his complete game shutout while walking one and striking out three. His ERA for the season is at 4.61 and he will end the season with a record of 5-12.
Don’t let the record fool you. Lyles is a very strong talent and will likely claim the second or third spot in the rotation next year behind Bud Norris and possibly Lucas Harrell. When the team returns to national relevancy, I expect Lyles to be a part of the team.
Astros fans who felt like Selig told the team to stick it where the sun don’t shine can find comfort in knowing that “Selig’s” Brewers will be enjoying October from home this year.
Speaking of Selig, the Houston Astros will play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field to finish off the 2012 season, their last as members of the National League. At 53-106, the Astros will need a sweep in order to match last year’s record of 56-106