Lyles threw 3.1 innings in an intrasquad game Monday, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The good news is that Lyles is healthy, he's ramping up and his swing-and-miss stuff is intact. He is a shoo-in for a spot in the Rangers' rotation and will continue to increase his workload every fifth day in summer camp.
Lyles allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three over 3.1 innings in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers. Lyles was knocked around for a second straight Cactus League start and has an 11.37 ERA (eight runs, 6.1 innings) over two appearances. He's allowed runs in four of six-plus innings pitched, including multiple runs in three frames. If you're part of the crowd that believes spring results mean nothing, then this should not alarm you. At some point, however, it would be comforting to see Lyles have a good result. A strong finish to the 2019 season along with an improved K/9 rate are hopeful signs for the 29-year-old right-hander, who will operate as Texas' No. 5 starter.
Lyles allowed three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three over three innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Giants. Lyles was the fourth member to Texas' projected starting rotation to make his spring debut. He shrugged off the three-run home run allowed on a curve, as the right-hander was more focused on his changeup, a pitch he all but abandoned in his 11 starts with the Brewers in 2019. "I don't like the three runs, but overall, I wanted to get the changeup working and we were successful with that," Lyles told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "A great day working on the changeup. There's good and bad that goes with that. But that's what I wanted to work on today. And we did a good job working with it." Lyles is lining up to be the Rangers' No. 5 starter.
Lyles signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Lyles finished the 2019 campaign with Milwaukee in impressive fashion, posting a 1.91 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with a 38:11 K:BB over his last seven appearances (37.2 innings). He'll slot alongside fellow newcomer Kyle Gibson in a rebuilt Texas rotation.
Lyles (12-8) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six across five innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Reds. Lyles continued his strong form, with the only major damage he allowed coming on a solo home run by Eugenio Suarez in the first inning. Otherwise, he kept the Reds off balance, generating 12 of his 15 outs via either groundball or strikeout. Lyles has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 11 starts as a Brewer.
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