Brewers Acquire Jordan Lyles, Whom The Cubs Have Recently Blown Out Twice

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Brewers Acquire Jordan Lyles, Whom The Cubs Have Recently Blown Out Twice

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I know I’ll come to regret that headline or something, but dang if it’s hard not to take note of the fact that, in their desperation to add a starting pitcher thanks to a myriad of injuries, the Brewers are adding the guy the Cubs have absolutely destroyed not once, but twice this year.

You can be sure the Brewers believe they can either have Lyles miss the Cubs going forward, or know how to fix the rocket shots he was giving up. Although he pitched well against the Cubs back in early April, the Cubs destroyed him twice more recently:

Through mid-May, Lyles was looking like a steal for the Pirates and a sure-fire valuable flip, but then he started getting blown out repeatedly, not only by the Cubs, but also most recently by the Cardinals. (Again, the Brewers were desperate.)

Lyles, still only 28, was actually a mid-season acquisition for the Brewers last year, and pitched quite well out of the bullpen. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Brewers are thinking they can just do that again, after getting some emergency fill-in starts for now.

Ponce, 25, is an actual prospect, but he’s a pure reliever at AA now and is Rule 5 eligible after this season. The Brewers will not miss him terribly.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.