Mike Fiers was supposed to be the Oakland A’s fallback option this year – someone who would get the call in case of injury or is one of the other starters struggled.
He was the perfect option for such a role. Fiers may not have been much more than a back of the rotation arm, but he had a track record of providing solid innings and taking the ball every fifth day. For a rotation that had several injury related question marks, that was all that the A’s needed.
Instead, Fiers fell to the injury bug himself. He had a late start in spring training which held him back, and then he had just two outings before being shelved with a sprained elbow. Instead of being that fallback option, Fiers is on the 60 day Injured List, with his return completely up in the air.
Fiers had not exactly pitched well prior to his placement on the IL. He had allowed eight runs on 15 hits, including four homers, while issuing four walks over his 9.1 innings. Even though Fiers had struggled at times in 2020, no one expected this type of falloff this season.
The Oakland A’s had hoped that Mike Fiers would be able to be their ideal fallback option. Instead, he has proven to be a disaster.