Colorado Rockies: 5 Famous Star Wars Quotes and the Players They Fit
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
So far this season (and really, throughout his entire Rockies career), this quote can apply to Jordan Lyles taking the mound.
Lyles has never been able to find his footing in a Colorado uniform since being brought over in the December 2013 trade (along with Brandon Barnes) that sent Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros. Each year since he arrived with the Rockies, his ERA has crept higher. This season, in eight games, Lyles is 0-1 with a 10.03 ERA. In those eight appearances, only twice has the opponent not had a runner reach base by either hit or walk.
Part of that sky-high ERA is the fact that Lyles has surrendered four homers in 11.2 innings of work. He started the season by giving up a pair of runs (including a homer) in two innings on April 5 against Milwaukee. It was a sign of what was to come.
What can the Rockies do about Lyles? The team made a strong statement about him when it chose to send Carlos Estevez to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday and keep Lyles in the Colorado bullpen. Well, maybe it wasn’t as much of a statement as it was that Lyles is out of options when it comes to a potential minor league assignment. That means the Rockies are stuck with him unless they designate him for assignment.
If Lyles doesn’t improve, that’s a real possibility this season. When Jon Gray comes off the disabled list, the time may be right to pull the trigger on this move.