It's been a miserable season for the Royals. For pitcher Jordan Lyles, it's been especially bad. On Monday, things got historically bad. Apr 11, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (24) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a miserable season for the Kansas City Royals. For pitcher Jordan Lyles, it’s been especially bad. On Monday, things got historically bad.

Through six innings in Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Lyles was doing well. He’d allowed only one run on four hits and Kansas City led 4-1. Lyles started the seventh but ran into trouble. Miguel Cabrera singled against Lyles to open the inning, then Jonathan Schoop doubled. At that point, Lyles was pulled. Jake Rogers singled against Taylor to bring Cabrera and Schoop home, with both runs being charged to Lyles. Detroit scored three more times that inning to take a 6-4 lead. That stood as the final.

That’s certainly a frustrating loss, but what made it historic? It was Lyles’ 15th start of the season. Kansas City has lost every one of those starts. That’s never happened before in the history of either the American or National League.

Not all records are ones that players want to set. But good or bad, broken records are rarely ever ignored.

This was no exception, as baseball fans took note of Lyles’ struggles.

Things aren’t going to get any easier for Lyles and the Royals. Assuming there are no changes in the rotation, his next start will come on Saturday on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB’s best team.

[ESPN Stats & Info]

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