BigZ38 wrote:Mike Fiers, is he this years Brandon Beachy? Comes out of nowhere, and you keep telling yourself he is going to stop putting up these numbers but he keeps doing it? Not a perfect parallel, because Beachy is an extreme strikeout pitcher (also about to undergo the knife) but can we at least count on Fiers to post a sub 3.50 ERA with a decent WHIP and a near 9 K/9 rate?
Between Fiers and Estrada, Milwaukee suddenly has K machines who really have come out of no where. I'm a Fiers believer and think sub-3.50 is a reasonable high end expectation, given his SIERA, xFIP, and ZiPS Projections for the remainder of the year. He seems to be a definite gem on the WW. Estrada, similarly has a K/9 over 10, a 3.07 xFIP and a 2.72 SIERA, though ZiPS projects a 4.28 ERA for the remainder of the year, presumably due to his .265 BABIP, though I also expect his HR/FB to possibly normalize. These guys are reasonable starters in even very shallow leagues at this point.