"I thought I did a pretty good job," said Lyles, who has a 3.18 spring ERA. "We had a double, then another double, then got a big strikeout with a guy on third with less than two outs, then we got another strikeout. We did a good job minimizing the damage before it escalated. I thought Pacheco and I handled the situation pretty good."
A pitcher with the Astros the last three seasons before joining the Rockies along with outfielder Brandon Barnes in a trade for center fielder Dexter Fowler, Lyles, began camp working on a small delivery flaw that robbed him of downward motion on his fastball. That project went well, then he moved to the curve.
"Going into the start yesterday, I felt like the curveball hadn't been there because I was focusing on inside and out with the fastball," Lyles said. "The gameplan was to throw 15-20 curveballs, and make sure I got them to finish up under the zone, not arm side up and out. I threw probably around 20 of them and maybe two or three were left up over the zone. It was a pretty good day in that aspect."
Lyles is competing with left-hander Franklin Morales for the final open spot in the rotation. Morales could go to the bullpen. But if Lyles doesn't win the job, he'll likely be sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs as a starter.
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