San Diego Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles took a perfect game into the eighth inning Tuesday, and my first thought was not really about him or the unlikelihood of his achievement. Instead, I considered the beleaguered Colorado Rockies offense that had failed to produce anything against a journeyman pitcher who carried a career 5.36 ERA into the game. Sure, things like this happen routinely in baseball and with lesser hurlers, and this game was at Petco Park rather than Coors Field, but still, Jordan Lyles? Since the Rockies came into being, their hitters -- and pitchers, of course -- needed to be viewed a certain way by fantasy managers, but six weeks into 2018, that way has looked strange. This Rockies club is hitting .229, 18 clubs have scored more runs and they will spend the next week playing in San Francisco and Los Angeles, unlikely to alter this troubling trajectory.
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