Jordan Lyles (33, Kansas City) is a wait-and-see chronic pitcher. After making his major league debut in 2011 with Houston, he struggled for a long time. In 2019, he reached double-digit wins for the first time in his career.
In 2021, he went 10-13 with Texas, and in 2022, he went 12-11 with Baltimore. His career ERA (5.19) doesn’t make him a Class A pitcher, but he’s a good bargain for rebuilding teams on a one-year deal. He was able to work his way through the rotation without any major injuries, and his numbers weren’t that bad. He pitched 180 innings in 2021 and 179 innings last year.
Kansas City, also a rebuilding team, saw the appeal of Liles and thought he could provide innings in the rotation for a year or two without being too expensive, so they signed him to a two-year, $17 million deal before the season to give him a spot in the rotation.
But there’s a chance he could be the worst pitcher in major league history. Two months into the opening rotation, he has yet to win a game. Kansas City’s team performance has been declining alongside his struggles.
He started against Washington at home in Kauffman Stadium, but was unable to prevent the Royals from falling to 10-12, giving up five runs on six hits (two homers) and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings. His season ERA increased to 7.30 from 7.15.
The game was highlighted by a matchup of two starting pitchers. Washington started Patrick Corbin, as both have struggled with consistency. Only two pitchers in the majors have given up more than 300 runs since 2020, Corbin (307) and Liles 먹튀검증 (302).
This was Liles’ 11th start of the season, but the loss dropped his record to 0-9. And in all 11 of his starts, Kansas City has lost. Corbin also gave up six runs in 6⅓ innings, but was able to get the win with the help of his offense.
Liles’ record is on one of the worst trends in major league history. Only twice in the last 25 years has a team lost his first 11 starts. The most recent example was Miami’s Jose Urena in 2018 (12 games), making Liles the third pitcher to do so.
Additionally, Liles has allowed four or more runs in each of his last 10 starts. The last major league pitcher to allow four or more runs in 10 consecutive games was Brian Matusz, who did it in 2011 and 2012, so it’s been 11 years since Liles has done it.
That’s not to say there isn’t a replacement for him. Kansas City is in the midst of a slow rebuild, and its young players have yet to step up. Meanwhile, they are 15-37 (.288) through 27 games, 29th out of 30 teams in the majors. The only team worse is Oakland (.189), the league’s worst team. Liles will remain a symbol of Kansas City’s collective woes.