By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 28, 2014
After Mike Fiers triumphant return to the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation, a whisper has gone out among fans, 'Is he really this good? Are his starts just a fluke?' Here are five emphatic reasons why Mike Fiers is for real.
In 2013, Mike Fiers was hammered during his time in Milwaukee. In 11 appearances and three starts, he allowed 18 earned runs and had an ERA of over seven. But during this time, Fiers not only battled injury, but went through several family trials. His overall career numbers are much more reflective of this season than 2013.
Many view the Los Angeles Dodgers as the best team in the National League, and Mike Fiers has owned them in his brief major league career. In three appearances (two starts) against the Dodgers, Fiers is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA. He has also allowed just 10 hits in 16.2 innings.
Mike Fiers may not throw very hard, but his stuff is nasty. In his four starts, he has 32 strikeouts including a 14-strikeout game against the Chicago Cubs. While other pitchers nibble the strike-zone, Fiers stays on the attack and is able to rack up strikeouts while pitching deep in games.
Through six minor league seasons, Fiers has a combined ERA of 2.75. This year in AAA Nashville, he dominated from Day 1. While he complied a record of only 8-5, he posted a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts, and struck out 129 batters in 102.1 innings. While he has not pitched in the minors for over a month, these numbers still are among leaders in the Pacific Coast League.
The Brewers rotation is stacked with talent, but over the past month when they have needed a win, they have turned to Fiers. Fiers not only beat Zack Greinke in his first start, but was able to stop a losing streak in an important divisional game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, too. Although he only has 29 career starts, he has the poised look of a veteran each time out.
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