Lyons’ changeup came in came in six ticks slower than his fastball. He hit the zone just 25% of the time and allowed a 57.1% GB%.
Lyons threw a four-seamer and a sinker, both of which came in between 89-90. The four-seamer hit the zone 62.5% of the time and limited batters to a .125 AVG. The sinker on-the-other-hand allowed a 42.9% LD%, which led to a .578 wOBA.
Lyons’ slider got a 21.3% SwStr%, but allowed a 45.5% LD% and 60% HR/FB%, leading to a 140 wRC+.
A fantastic pitch in 2017 (9.8 pVal), Lyons’ slider fell off a cliff in 2018 (-1.6 pVal), posting its first negative value since he entered the league in 2013. There may be light at the end of the tunnel, though, as much of the pitch’s struggles appear to be potentially BABIP-related, as the pitch’s .464 BABIP was 162 points higher than the year before and nearly 200 points higher than any other season. Hopefully, Lady Luck can smile back down on Lyons’ slider in 2019 and we can see a return to form for the pitch.
Despite nearly doubling its swinging-strike and K rates, Lyons’ sinker got hit all over the yard over 71 pitches thrown in 2018. Hitters teed off on the pitch to the tune of a .412 BAA, .294 ISO and a 202 wRC+. Many of its struggles could be luck-related (.400 BABIP in 2018), but in three of Lyons’ six years in the bigs, his sinker has posted a BABIP over .400—so it’s just as likely it’s pretty consistent for the pitch.
Thrown just 54 times in 2018, Lyons’ four-seamer struggled in 2018, especially when it came to the long ball. Hitters found a lot of success with hitting this pitch in the air (55.6 FB%, 33.3 LD%)—especially over the fence (40.0 HR/FB%). Lyons also walked far too many batters with it (11.8 BB%), which let to the pitch giving up a .333 BAA, with a .467 ISO and a 227 wRC+. The last few years had seen the pitch give up fly-ball rate below 40.0%, so if he can get that back down, perhaps we can see some improvement there.