For 12 straight starts -- his first 12 in the major leagues -- Mike Fiers looked ready to set the Milwaukee Brewers rotation on fire. He had "potential Rookie of the Year candidate" written all over him, turning in a 1.80 ERA and .218 opponents' battingaverage in that span that made him baseball's most effective pitcher at the time.
But on Tuesday, like it's been during most of Fiers' starts lately, that time seemed distant. While the rest of Milwaukee's rotation has kicked it into gear in the past month, Fiers has slowly been falling out of it, with a 6.70 ERA in his last nine starts.
And in a potentially do-or-die series opener with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday with the Brewers in danger of losing back-to-back games for the first time in a month Fiers couldn't find the dynamite command that had made him so dominant to start his career.
Could fatigue finally be slowing Fiers down? After all, he's pitched almost 200 innings, if you include both his Triple-A and major league s...