Fiers (12-8) allowed six earned runs on seven hits and a hit batsman over 3.1 innings in a loss to the Angels on Friday. He struck out three. Fiers followed Lou Trivino, who served as the opener Friday. The long-relief role didn't exactly suit him, however, as he was tagged for home runs by Taylor Ward and Mike Trout, and for a trio of two-baggers by Jose Fernandez, Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun. It was a relatively rare stumble for Fiers since arriving in Oakland, as he'd managed five quality starts in nine outings prior to Friday and had given up more than three earned runs only once. Despite Fiers' struggles, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that he remains the likely starter for next Wednesday's AL Wild Card game in Yankee Stadium.
Fiers is expected to serve as a long reliever Friday against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Fiers was scheduled to start Friday's game, but he'll be deployed in either the second or third inning after Lou Trivino.
Fiers won't make his scheduled start Friday against the Angels. It's unclear if Fiers is dealing with an injury or if he'll be available in long relief, but the Athletics elected to go with an opener in the first game of the series. Lou Trivino will get the nod but figures to toss between 1-to-2 frames.
Fiers allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five across six innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday. The lone run Fiers surrendered came on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He now has three quality starts in his last four outings and has allowed only seven earned runs across 22 innings in that span. While he has just 136 strikeouts in 168.2 innings, he has contributed strong ratios in the form of a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Fiers (12-6) gave up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven in six innings Tuesday in Baltimore. He picked up the win. His remarkable run since getting traded to Oakland continued, as Fiers is now 5-0 with 42 strikeouts in 39.2 innings (seven starts) in an A's uniform. He has won six straight decisions overall, and only needed 84 pitches (56 strikes) to cruise to this quality start. Fiers' next start figures to come Sunday in Tampa Bay.