Mike Fiers a No-Hitter versus Dodgers, 11th All-Time for Astros
By Eric Huysman
Mike Fiers, the Astro
Aug 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers (54) is doused with powder after pitching a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
If you wipe out the bullpen appearance in his debut where he got knocked around a little, Fiers has been very effective with the Astros. In three starts, Fiers has gone 21 IP/ 1 ER/ 19 SO with the Astros. This no-hitter is great for the Astros and Fiers, but does this cement him into the rotation for the rest of the regular season or beyond? I believe that the poise that he has shown and the way he has bounced back after the poor debut with the Astros says a lot. I see him as being the third or fourth pitcher in the rotation right now, so Scott Feldman could be the odd man out.
The effect of Fiers no-hitter was felt in Milwaukee, as the Brewers stayed in uniform to watch their former teammate get the no-hitter. This shows the respect the Brewers players have towards Fiers, and he made a joke in Brian McTaggart’s Tweet below.
Some of you who follow @astrosCTH Twitter handle understood my situation. I was at an impromptu nacho night at a friends house for my wife’s birthday on Sunday. They have three young kids, but I couldn’t leave the house because I didn’t want to mess with anything going on at Minute Maid Park. I told my wife to take the kids home and I would walk home. I stayed in my friends house until the final out, it was a good bonding moment with my friend Richard and his wife Tammy.
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I have to give mad props to the 33,833 Astros fans who went to the ballpark last night. You were rocking the stadium all night, but especially during the final innings of the game. I talked about how fans can impact the game here: Houston Astros: The Players Need Fans’ Support, Be Loud! You had the impact on the game last night, you helped Fiers find his place in Astros history. Hopefully, this will be the start of a great career with the Houston Astros for Fiers.
Fiers on the crowd from a Tweet from Evan Drellich,”The crowd helped me definitely. Everyone was on their feet…Kind of looked around for a quick second, everyone just going crazy”
Apparently Fiers told Hinch that he would have to throw him into the clubhouse and lock him up because he wasn’t coming out of the game via McTaggart’s Tweet. You keep fighting Fiers, and Houston will continue to support you through this magical run by the Astros. The Astros may lose the next two games, but they won tonight behind an impressive Fiers.
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