It is official. Milwaukee Brewers starter Michael Fiers is human. After much debate over the past few weeks it is now clear the right-hander is prone to mistakes like everyone else.
Fiers had nine consecutive starts where he surrendered two runs or less and had his season earned run average drop to an incredible 1.80. Many people, including general manager Doug Melvin, have been waiting for the other shoe to drop since Fiers has been in the majors. You see, Fiers’ minor league stats earlier this season were far from spectacular. That is why so many people were shocked at how well he was doing at the major league level.
Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time until he had a game like Monday night’s performance against the Colorado Rockies. Fiers allowed eight earned runs on nine hits without being able to record an out in the third inning before being pulled by manager Ron Roenicke. Fiers’ eight surrendered runs are four shy of the 12 combined earned runs he gave up in June and July.
What makes the outing so devastating is it came six days after his phenomenal start against the National League Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds, in which he had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. He recorded a win after only allowing one earned run on three hits in eight innings pitched. In fact, Fiers had a three-game winning streak heading into his start against Colorado in which he surrendered three earned runs over that span including zero against the first-place Washington Nationals.
Fiers’ season ERA has been bumped up to 2.63, which is still very good this deep into the season. The rookie of the year votes, however, just went out the window. Fiers had a long shot to receive the award anyways but there is no question he was in the running. Truth be told, Fiers could still be considered for the award depending on how he pitches these last six weeks.
The good news is the Brewers have a legitimate starter in Fiers, who has the potential to be the one of the league’s best in the ensuing years. At this point, Fiers must learn from his bad outing and use it to his advantage.