When we traded Lyles in the offseason for Dexter Fowler a lot of pundits opined that it showed the front office was attempting to become more of a contender by bringing in a veteran player that's had some success at the MLB level.
In my view, however, we were simply giving up in a talented player at a position of a need for one who likely wouldn't put this team any closer to being respectable. The fact that he plays the same spot as one of our top-2 blue chip prospects made matters even more confounding.
Lyles may have underachieved in his time with the Astros but he did show flashes of potentially being a good starter, possibly a #3 or #4 on a good team.
My biggest concern is now that he's been in Colorado (of all places for a pitcher to turn things around) he's seen a sudden improvement. Lyles is 5-0 with a sub-3 ERA and has looked good. My question now is what changed so quickly for him to become who he is now? And the best answer I could come up with is that he must be getting better coaching and training in Denver than he was here.
This possible explanation concerns me about the future of the team as we attempt to move our well-acclaimed farm system up and turn the big league club into contenders once again.
I'd like to hear what everyone thinks about this situation.