Houston Astros starting pitcher Jordan Lyles has been fantastic for a majority of the season. However, the 22-year-old has struggled mightily in his last two starts, which certainly is a bit of a concern for the organization. The Astros need Lyles to pull it together soon so that he can get his season back on track.
The right-hander has given up 12 runs (nine earned) on 15 hits while striking out just four batters in his last nine innings on the mound. In those two starts, the Astros lost both games by a combined score of 21-8. Even though Lyles has put forth a dominant performance in almost every start this season, baseball is a game in which a pitcher is only as good as his last few appearances.
Lyles got blasted in Saturday’s outing against the Los Angeles Angels in which he surrendered four earned runs on five hits in four innings. It was certainly not something manager Bo Porter wanted to see as the team was hoping their young talent was going to be able to put his previous bad start behind him.
“He pretty much just lost fastball command and was not able to get in the zone in a lot of deep counts and was right at close to 40 pitches in that inning, and at that point you’re not going to send him back out there to get into another stressful inning,” Porter said, according to Astros.com.
Lyles is 4-3 with a 3.99 earned run average and 50 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings this season.