Skip to content

Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

Jordan Lyles AP

Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No. 3 starter behind Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris.

Unfortunately, Lyles’ position in the rotation is now very much in doubt. He gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning in his start against the Braves on Friday, elevating his spring ERA to 25.20. In three outings, he’s given up 20 hits and 15 runs — 14 earned — over five innings.

The Astros do have rotation alternatives, so Lyles will probably be Triple-A bound barring a massive turnaround in his next two starts. Philip Humber and Erik Bedard were the favorites for the last two rotation spots entering camp, with Alex White and John Ely next in line. They also have Edgar Gonzalez and Dallas Kuechel available as fallback options.

Count on Houston looking at any out-of-options starters placed on waivers later this month. The Blue Jays’ Brett Cecil is an obvious possibility. There are also guys like the Dodgers’ Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, the Royals’ Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen and the Rays’ Jeff Niemann available in trade talks. Rick Porcello, too, but the Astros don’t have the closer the Tigers are looking for and probably wouldn’t want to give up prospects for him.

  1. sportsdrenched - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Playing Armchair GM is one of my favorite things, yet I don’t play fantasy baseball. Anyway, as bad as the Astros are going to be, why mess with a trade? Just take a flyer on a DFA’d starter or let your younger guys have a shot.

    I have no attachement to the Astros except that I’m intrigued by this tearing the franchise down to absolutly nothing only to see how long it takes this front office to rebuild. Especially when they have a more famous armchair GM in Kevin Goldstien in their front office, and thier actual GM has a track record of success.

    • muscles1331 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I think pursuing trades would be a great idea, so long as they can improve without sacrificing players they anticipate being a part of their future. Even with the addition of a guy like Harang or Capuano, assuming they don’t give up much, they could wait half a season and flip them for a decent return to a pitching hungry contending team. If you look at the way the Cubs are constructed, that is their plan for the 2013 season.

  2. stex52 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Nothing left to trade for the Astros. I’m sure they are not giving up on Lyles yet, and they pretty much have gotten rid of anyone who can hit other than Altuve. I think sprts is on the right track. They will be going with DFA’s of young players or their own AAA. Maybe Cosart later this year.

  3. jeffa43 - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Work out the kinks in aaa, not about to give up on a 21 kid with good stuff. Its spring all is fine. Keep moving fwd.
    No need for a trade.

  4. markofapro - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM


  5. johnalex819 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Jordan Lyles is 22 years old now. He’s got a long time to figure it out.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Baez (2443)
  2. B. Crawford (2404)
  3. C. Correa (2394)
  4. H. Pence (2359)
  5. B. Harper (2152)