As September approaches, teams around baseball are seeing players return from injury. In St. Louis, the Cardinals are getting ready to activate catcher Yadier Molina. The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting ready to return Hyun-Jin Ryu to the rotation. The Milwaukee Brewers are also expected to bring activate Matt Garza very soon. While he is sure to return to the rotation, Mike Fiers is a pitcher the Brewers cannot afford to remove.
In the past when the Brewers needed a big start they have turned to star pitchers like Zack Greinke, CC Sabathia, Kyle Lohse and Yovani Gallardo, but since his return to the rotation in early August, Fiers has been the arm that the team has been able to count on most. He has not only been able to come through with wins, but he has beaten big-name pitchers in the process and has been able to shut down the competition.
Instead of having the look of a nervous starter, Fiers looks like a seasoned pro. After being put in a position where his confidence could have easily been shaken, he has not wavered. He is 4-1 with a 1.54 with an amazing WHIP of 0.66.
Jimmy Nelson is the future, but if decisions come down to him and Fiers, Fiers needs to stay in the rest of the way. At 29 years old, he still has a future in the rotation, too. Not many expected him to have a season like this, but it has been quite impressive. As decision time comes, Fiers needs to remain pitching every fifth day.