Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Mike Fiers has struggled mightily on the mound this spring. There is plenty of reason for the Brewers to be concerned regarding their No. 5 starter in the rotation.
Fiers is 2-1 with a 6.92 earned run average, 16 strikeouts and 19 1/3 innings in six appearances (five starts) this spring. It is certainly good to see that he is striking out batters, but the earned runs have got to have Brewers manager Ron Roenicke a little worried.
The right-hander surrendered seven earned runs on eight hits over three innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox Thursday afternoon.
Pitchers will certainly have their fair share of struggles throughout Spring Training as they are trying to get their command just right. However, to have a dismal performance such as this with the start of the regular season right around the corner is inexcusable.
“He had no idea where the ball was going,” Roenicke told TwinCities.com. “We’ve got one more outing for him (in Spring Training). Hopefully, it goes a lot better. This one, he was a little more off than the other one. He couldn’t throw strikes with anything.
“We wanted him to stretch out with his pitches. Three innings wasn’t exactly the way we wanted to do it. Hopefully, next time he’ll get it together.”
Fiers is clearly struggling with his velocity, but the fact that his command is nowhere close to being under control is alarming. This is something the Brewers were forced to witness late last year when the 27-year-old could not command his pitches and consistently surrendered four or five runs per outing.
Considering Milwaukee really has no one else to fill the fifth spot in the rotation, it is critical that Fiers gets everything under control over the next two weeks.