Jordan Lyles takes the mound for the Rockies on Friday in the opening game of their season-ending series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old right-hander will be looking to put a shiny finish on what has been an immensely successful debut season in Denver.
Lyles owns a 4.15 ERA/103 ERA+ through 21 starts in which he's totaled 121⅓ innings. The fourth-year major leaguer won't eclipse his previous career high in innings largely due to suffering a broken hand in early June, but regardless of the outcome tonight, he'll easily finish with his best ERA. This will also be the first time Lyles will end a season as an above-average pitcher in terms of ERA+. Considering his age, it's definitely possible Lyles will only get better next year, and that goes a long way toward giving the Rockies a rotation that, if healthy, will be pretty intriguing in 2015.
Roberto Fausto Hernandez Carmona will be on the hill for the NL West champions, who enter the series hanging onto a slim chance of finishing with the best record in the senior circuit. Hernandez has a 4.74 ERA in 38 innings spanning eight starts for L.A. Against the Rockies, the 34-year-old right-hander has allowed 10 runs on 21 hits and eight walks in 13⅓ innings across three outings this season.
KYLE PARKER STATUS: Still not freed.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||LOS ANGELES DODGERS|
|Charlie Blackmon - LF||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Rafael Ynoa - 3B||Yasiel Puig - CF|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||Adrian Gonzalez - 1B|
|Michael Cuddyer - RF||Justin Turner - SS|
|Drew Stubbs - CF||Carl Crawford - LF|
|Wilin Rosario - C||Andre Ethier - RF|
|Josh Rutledge - SS||Juan Uribe - 3B|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Drew Butera - C|
|Jordan Lyles - RHP||Roberto Hernandez - RHP|