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

Aug 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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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.

  1. hokiegajanisgod - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Coors is like Mt Olympus (and just as high)!

    Mere mortals (Helton, Bichette, Burks, Catstillo, Hawpe) hit like gods, while other gods (Maddux, etc) look like mere mortals.

    All hail/fear Coors Field!!

  2. sabatimus - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Why was Coors Field even constructed? Did the designers not realize (or probably not care), due to the altitude, that pitchers were going to get screwed on a daily basis there? The Trop is a worse place to play, but it has the excuse of not being originally built to be a baseball stadium.

    • yahmule - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Coors Field was built because Colorado baseball fans had established themselves with decades of strong support for minor league teams like the Zephyrs and Bears. They even manage to fill the park for the terrible product the idiot Monforts are putting on the field this season.

      Fiers should be fine. He had allowed something like seven ER in his previous nine starts. He was due for a tough outing.

  3. tk41 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Todd Helton is a border-line HOF’er with decent road splits too. He is by no means a “mere mortal”. Ellis Burks played FOREVER & hit just about everywhere he went.

    Having said that, I’ll totally give you Brad Hawpe.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      You beat me to it TK41!

  4. jdd428 - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I’m not sure Helton’s borderline – he’s close to a lock.

    • hokiegajanisgod - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Todd Helton is 580 hits away from being a ‘lock’ for the HOF…

      He has very good numbers (his OBP is outstanding), but combine Coors and the Steroid Era (in which he had his best numbers…not accusing him), and he won’t get in unless he makes it to 3000 hits

      Uh, all you Ellis Burks fans need to take a look at his rather pedestrian numbers away from Coors…

  5. bla bla bla - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    If Helton had put up his numbers playing for anyone else I think he’d be a lock, but there’s always that “Well yeah, but he did most of it at Coors Field” crowd.

    I hope he makes it, and I hate the Rockies (for taking Bichette in the expansion draft).

  6. myopinionisgarbage - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    A 1.86 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 9.4 K/9 vs 2.6 BB/9 over 126 IP in the PCL in 2011……….. THE PCL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Couple that with everything BUT Coors Field this season, and how could you even ASK if the guy is for real? Just because he isn’t 22 and doesn’t throw 98 doesn’t mean you need to jump off the bandwagon after one bad start. The guy is obviously for real. He just ran into a buzz saw at a bad location. Shit happens.

    • riverace19 - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Fiers didn’t walk anyone, just left balls up and the Rockies didn’t miss… happens all the time in Coors. His control and K rates are excellent; Fiers is mos def for real. Not even sure why everyone is freaking out about one bad start. Outside of Gallardo he has been the Brewers best pitcher 2nd half and I would run him out there anytime without hesitation.

  7. Josh A. - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Coincidence that both Fiers and Vogelsong blew up on the same day?

    No. The answer is witchcraft.

    • Josh A. - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Wait, that didn’t make any sense. If it was witchcraft they probably both wouldn’t have blown up. I’ll see myself to the door.

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