3. Former Texas Rangers starter Jordan Lyles is struggling with the Orioles
For a pitcher with a career 5.20 ERA, Jordan Lyles sure does know how to get around.
The Baltimore Orioles are Lyles’ seventh MLB team, and besides a good two-month stint with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019, he just… isn’t good.
In 2022, Lyles has a 5.10 ERA in 13 starts for the O’s, which is downright bad. Last season for the Rangers, he had a similar 5.15 ERA, and an even worse 7.02 ERA during the shortened 2020 season with Texas. He’ll absorb innings and make starts, but only that. It’s all quantity and no quality for the journeyman pitcher, which is only so valuable.
The Orioles, of course, aren’t a great team and are behind the Rangers in terms of building back to contention, so Lyles makes sense for Baltimore at this stage. On the contrary, Texas actually has some intriguing rotation pieces like Martin Perez, Dane Dunning and Glenn Otto. If Jon Gray is able to find his footing after early injuries and inconsistency in 2022, he too is an easy upgrade over Lyles.