Because of what Mills said would "in a perfect world" turn out to be Lyles' final outing, Lyles went to work in the bullpen to try to correct some mechanics from the 17-pitch, 14-ball performance and will pitch another bullpen on Wednesday. That final outing closed a relief portion of his season -- instituted because of an innings limit -- that featured a 12.46 ERA with six runs allowed in 4 1/3 innings over five outings. Even though that won't be Lyles' role come next season, he's still not pleased.
"That's not an excuse for me to give up as many runs as I have; I've just not been throwing good pitches," Lyles said. "It's all on me. I've got to do a better job of getting outs."
Lyles finished the year 2-8 overall with a 5.36 ERA. After Wednesday, he plans to go back to his native South Carolina for the usual pre-spring training workout routine.
As for reading the book about Johnson, a left-handed power-pitcher, what could Lyles, a finesse pitcher who throws right-handed, learn?
"I'm not going to be Randy Johnson, but I've always got an ear open to what they're saying, such great pitchers like Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan," Lyles said.
"Whatever they have to say I'm going to have an ear open for it, and hopefully I can put it in my game somehow."