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.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.