Following Monday’s 12-0 loss to the Rangers, Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles described his 2013 season as inconsistent.
Lyles, who made his final start of the season on Monday, had an extremely up and down year. His final two starts were on the down side. Over his last two starts Lyles allowed 14 earned runs and 15 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
“I know I can pitch at this level,” said Lyles. “But when I have those bad days, I can’t have these kind of nights.”
For the second straight game, Lyles (7-9, 5.59 ERA) failed to get past the fourth inning. On Monday, Lyles allowed seven runs and seven hits in three innings. In his previous outing, a 10-0 home loss to Cincinnati, Lyles allowed nine runs, seven earned, and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
“(Monday) was tough,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “You look at the outing and see the number of runs, and they hit some balls hard. You say to yourself, you know this guy has great stuff.
“For whatever reason (Monday) wasn’t a good night for him. I’m pretty sure this will be motivation for him moving into the offseason and getting ready for next year.”
The 22-year-old Lyles has had his moments this season, allowing two runs or less in seven straight starts from May 17 to June 18, which tied for the longest such streak in the American League this season. Over an 11-game span from May 17 to July 10 Lyles posted a 3.11 ERA.
Prior to his start against Cincinnati, Lyles had a seven-game run, which included two relief appearances, where he went 3-1 with one hold, one save and a 3.57 ERA. He has held the opposition to three earned runs or fewer in 15 of his 25 starts.
Lyles has spent the majority of the last two seasons as the youngest pitcher in the major leagues. He needs to learn to pitch better when runners are on base.
“I have to get better at controlling guys on base and not letting things distract me when the tough gets going,” said Lyles.
Against the Rangers, Lyles allowed two runs in the first inning, one in the second and four in the third inning. In the third, Leonys Martin’s bases-clearing double gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead and led to the Astros losing a season-high 10th straight game.
“Just another bad outing to go along with the season,” said Lyles.