MILWAUKEE As it did in the first inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-3 loss on Friday night, Mike Fiers' body language said it all after the game, surrounded by reporters asking about his tough start in the series opener against the Mets.
Visibly frustrated, Fiers' shook his head and shrugged his shoulders as he talked about his start a five-inning, four-run affair that opened poorly with two runs in both of the first two innings. After the first inning, he argued with the home plate umpire about the strike zone. And consistently, he looked back into the dugout, his body language communicating that his normal comfort level just wasn't there.
He would take the first two innings back if he could, he repeated whenever asked about his struggles.
"You guys saw from the first inning," Fiers said. "It just wasn't there. I need to find a way to get started earlier in the game. I wish I could take this start and start in the third inning. I just didn't really know where the ball was go...