While Lyles wasn’t overwhelming, he got the job done and the Rockies won their first game of the season; this opportunity could be the perfect fit for Lyles.
A former first round supplemental draft pick back in 2008, Lyles has struggled to maintain success at the major league level. Part of this has to do with the fact that Lyles has posted an ERA over five and strikeout to base on ball ratios of under three, and part of it has to do with the fact that Lyles played for a Houston Astros team that struggles to put up runs.
Lyles was acquired by the Rockies, along with outfielder Brandon Barnes, in exchange for Dexter Fowler, and posted a 3.18 ERA over 17 innings pitched this Spring Training, but Lyles lost out on a spot in the starting rotation and was optioned to Triple A.
With Chatwood on the 15 day DL, Lyles has an opportunity to make a case to be a part of the regular rotation. Lyles gave up four runs in five innings pitched, but there were some promising signs. One was the strikeout to walk ratio that Lyles recorded. Over the five innings, Lyles struck out five batters while walking only one. This is a big improvement over Lyles’ career stats, and if he can keep the numbers up, he could have some success this season.
Another stat that is very interesting is Lyles’ round ball numbers. Of the 15 outs that Lyles recorded, seven were via the ground ball. If Lyles can keep those numbers up, he could have success in Colorado. Coors Field is known as a hitters park that balls seem to fly out of, so keeping the ball on the ground there is very important.
Lyles picked up the win against the Marlins, largely due to the run support he received. If the Rockies can keep that up behind Lyles, and he shows improvement with his ERA, he could be an answer for a pitching staff that has struggled mightily in the past.