Mike Fiers SP HOU 2 days ago

Fiers allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out five over seven innings, but received no decision Friday at the Athletics.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fiers was in line for the victory, as he left the contest with a two-run lead, but the bullpen fell apart and was unable to protect his lead. After allowing 12 runs over his first three starts, he's rebounded by only allowing four runs over 12.1 innings of work in his last two outings to lower his ERA to 4.97. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Twins.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 1 week ago

Fiers (2-1) surrendered five hits, two earned runs and two walks over 5.1 innings in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Red Sox. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran righty wasn't overly impressive, but did tally a season-high six whiffs and did enough to earn the victory on a day when he received solid run support. Fiers has yet to pitch past the sixth inning in four starts this season, but did encouragingly avoid the long ball for the first time in 2016. The two earned runs also represented a season low, but he's still sporting a bloated 5.73 ERA over his first 22 innings this season.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 2 weeks ago

Fiers (1-1) allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out five over 5.2 innings to earn the win Sunday against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although he was staked to a five-run lead in the fourth inning, Fiers gave up three homers between the fifth and sixth innings to make the game close. Fortunately, the bullpen shut the door on the Tigers for the last 3.1 innings to hold onto the win. He's gotten off to a rough start this season, as he's now allowed 12 runs over 16.2 innings of work over three starts. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Red Sox.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 3 weeks ago

Fiers (0-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Royals as he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fiers gave up a three-run home run to Lorenzo Cain in the first inning and recovered well with five consecutive shutout innings. Fiers has just six strikeouts in his first 11 innings and had only seven swinging strikes in Tuesday's game. He'll have to find his swing-and-miss stuff again if he wants to match the 3.32 ERA he posted last year with Houston.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 3 weeks ago

Fiers gave up five runs on nine hits while striking out three in Thursday's loss to the Yankees, although he avoided the decision.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fortunately for Fiers, opposing starter Nate Eovaldi gave up just as many runs in just as many innings. Thursday aside, he's a strikeout artist despite barely hitting 90 on the radar gun, but Fiers' fly-balling ways in combination with the Astros' homer-friendly ballpark will often make him a risky play. Fiers has outpitched his peripherals two years in a row -- he's due for a course correction.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 1 month ago

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Fiers will follow Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh as the No. 3 starter to open 2016, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fiers will take the mound April 7 against the Yankees in the last game of a three-game series in the Bronx. The Astros travel to Milwaukee for a three-game set beginning April 8, so Fiers' placement in the rotation is likely to avoid him facing his former team. The 30-year-old right-hander is unlikely to remain the No. 3 starter all season, especially once Lance McCullers (shoulder) is healthy.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 2 months ago

Fiers will start Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ortiz suggested earlier this week that Fiers could open 2016 as the long man out of the Astros' bullpen, but a standout camp could certainly change that. Houston has several viable candidates for the back-end of their starting rotation, so that will be a battle to watch as spring training unfolds.

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Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle suggested Fiers could work as the long man out of the Astros' bullpen this season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh, Doug Fister and Scott Feldman are the current favorites to open 2016 in the Astros' starting rotation, leaving Fiers -- who made 30 starts between Milwaukee and Houston last season -- on the outside looking in. However, the 30-year-old right-hander would be a huge upgrade over the relievers used in the long man role last season, as he's far more talented than Roberto Hernandez, Jake Buchanan and Kevin Chapman. Of course, Fiers could easily slide back into the rotation if injuries occur or any of the projected starters struggle. Keep in mind no official announcement has been made as to Fiers' role for Opening Day and this is purely speculation early in spring training.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 7 months ago

Fiers allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings in a no decision Tuesday against Seattle. He struck out seven.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fiers was nasty at times Tuesday, as he induced an excellent 19 swinging strikes on 103 pitches. But he also served up a home run, his 24th of the season, and it's his 1.2 HR/9 that has kept him as a merely average starter instead of the kind of dominant starter he showed he could be in a no-hitter earlier this season. Still, Fiers owns a 3.69 ERA in 180.1 innings this year and a 3.32 mark since coming to Houston, great marks for a player dismissed by many heading into the season.

Mike Fiers SP HOU 7 months ago

Fiers went 6.2 innings Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three in a 6-5 loss to the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The outing was Fiers' third consecutive quality start, as the right-hander continues his second half roll. Pitching to a 2.51 ERA in his last eight outings -- a span including a no-hitter -- Fiers has been one of the year's best trade deadline acquisitions. Fiers is next scheduled to take the mound Tuesday against the Mariners.