HOUSTON -- While closer Matt Lindstrom has been rapidly piling up the saves in the past 10 days for the Astros, setup man Brandon Lyon has put his early-season struggles behind him. Lyon entered Wednesday's game against the Reds having not allowed a run in four consecutive outings.
"I feel good," Lyon said. "Obviously, I was behind schedule in Spring Training, but things are starting to come around. I was two weeks behind to start out and you don't get as outings as you're used to. The more and more I get out there, the better and better I feel."
Lyon was behind the throwing schedule of his fellow pitchers entering Spring Training after having a cyst drained in his right shoulder in January. He came into camp competing with Lindstrom with the closer's job, but Lindstrom was healthy from the get-go and pitched well, too.
"Competing against one of my teammate is not the way I looked at it," Lyon said. "If asks me for advice, I'm going to help him out. We're not competing for the same job, we're competing to make this team better. He's very capable of doing the job and is doing a great job."
Entering Wednesday, the Astros' bullpen ranked eighth in the National League with a 4.03 ERA, and Lyon credits camaraderie.
"We're our own little team inside a team," he said. "We go out there every game and keep our team in the game whatever the situation is. We're like a special forces unit. Everybody knows their job and no job is more important than the other."