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Who's Cold? Jordan Lyles

I feel like my opinion on Jordan Lyles changes on a start to start basis.

Watching him lately has caused frustration for Astros fans, and last night was not any different. In fact, you could make the argument that Lyles’ start against Cincinnati was his worst and most painful start of the season.

As Lyles took the mound against Jay Bruce and the Reds, he was working on a streak of three straight quality starts. Clearly, that did not matter as the soon to be 23-year old allowed nine runs (8 earned) over 3.1 innings as he took the loss and the Astros fell 10-0 to the Reds.

With the positive momentum generated from his last three starts, Lyles should have been feeling confident Tuesday night. Instead, he allowed four first inning runs, and once again, he just looked lost on the mound.

But if you take a deeper look at Lyles, his performance in his last ten games (eight starts) leaves a lot to be desired. In that stretch, his ERA is 6.06. The right hander logged 49 innings while allowing 47 hits and 17 walks. Not exactly the performance of a future top of the rotation starter that Lyles was once thought to be.

However, that is in line with Lyles performance all season as his ERA sits at 5.32. All of my optimism this season, is really based on his 3.53 ERA in June.

There will be more on this in the offseason, but I am thinking Lyles will be better suited in the bullpen going forward. Well, that and I think the coaching staff still has some work to do with him. Lyles has the talent, but adjustments are necessary for him to become a more consistent and successful pitcher. It is too early to close the book on him, but changes need to be made.


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  • † ⚾ Mundo ⚾ †

    At some point we need to stop using the “he’s still young” excuse. Sure he is young, but has he really shown any progress in his time in MLB? I cannot say he has shown much progress even in his time at AAA. Let us not forget he got shelled in Spring Training too. The guy is just too hittable which leads me to question those who claim he has “ace” stuff. A true ace can win even when he is missing his spots. Lyles is too easy to hit to be considered ace material. You may be correct in saying he is destined for the bullpen.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Agreed, he has been in the major leagues long enough, that he should be adjusted to it and ready to produce. Good point as he hasn’t been incredibly dominating in AAA. Take someone like Cosart for example, he can get away with walking a bunch of guys and still have a sub-2 ERA.