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Fantasy Baseball: Have No Fiers, Pitching Help Is Here

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24:  Starting pitcher Michael Fiers #64 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox during an interleague game at U.S. Cellular Field on June 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Brewers 1-0 in 10 innings.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2012

One of the surprise starting pitchers of the first half of the season has been Milwaukee’s Michael Fiers. While he hasn’t garnered a lot of attention, he should very much be on the radars of fantasy baseball players everywhere.

In seven starts and one relief appearance for the Brew Crew, Fiers has managed just a 3-3 record, but has been much better than his record indicates. His ERA is a mere 2.31, his WHIP is an impressive 1.07 and his batting average against stands at .230. Fiers has racked up 50 strikeouts in 46-2/3 innings (9.6 K/9).

Five of his starts, including the past four, have been of the quality variety. He has two starts where he gave up four runs each, but that still keeps you in the ballgame, particularly with Milwaukee’s offense.

While Fiers has been solid at home (1-3, 3.55 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), he has been unstoppable on the road (2-0, 0.84 ERA, 0.80 WHIP). He’s been highly effective during day games (1-3, 2.94 ERA), but even more so at night (2-0, 0.69 ERA).

Fiers won’t blow you away with his stuff, but his strikeout ratio has been steadily above 9.0 K/9 throughout his ascension the bigs.

Fiers is owned in a third of Yahoo! and less than 40 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. He has both SP and RP eligibility, which makes him a hot commodity. If he is available in your league you should do your part to make his ownership level continue to rise.

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