Coors Field is stronger than Mike Fiers’ deal with the devil


The fact that it occurred at Coors Field complicates things a bit, but Brewers rookie Mike Fiers finally came back down to earth last night after an incredible start to his career.

Fiers came into last night with a 1.80 ERA and 80/16 K/BB ratio in 80 innings … and then failed to make it out of the third inning while coughing up eight runs and recording just one strikeout. To put that in some context, he allowed a grand total of eight runs in his previous 62 innings.

Of course, it should be noted–again, even–that Coors Field does crazy things to a whole lot of pitchers and bad outing included Fiers still has a 2.63 ERA and 81/16 K/BB ratio. However, when trying to determine how “for real” a 27-year-old rookie with an incredible ERA through a dozen starts is … well, every rough outing gets attention, altitude or not.

Fiers will try to get back on track this weekend against the Phillies, in Milwaukee.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.