Beane does it again — A’s get just what they need with acquisition of Mike Fiers

Baseball’s summer upstarts add another arm to top of rotation

Karl Buscheck
August 06, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Fresh off a weekend sweep of the Detroit Tigers, which featured the guests scoring exactly zero earned runs and marked the first time the club has accomplished that feat since 1918, the A’s picked up another W on Monday morning.

Billy Beane, the comeback exec of the year, did it again. Mike Fiers is an A. The playoff rotation just got that much more legit.

In the space of two days, Billy and Co. have added right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley to the already loaded pen and Fiers to the top of an increasingly intriguing starting five.

Kelley, banished from Washington after an infamous glove-throwing incident, has a 2.65 ERA in his last 15 games with 17 strikeouts in as many innings. Fiers boasts a 2.57 ERA in his last 12 starts.

The A’s have won 33 of 43, the best in baseball since June 16. They enter the day just 2.5 games behind the Yankees for the first wild card and four games back of the Astros in the West.

The bullpen just got better and now the rotation — headlined by Sean Manaea, Trevor Cahill, Edwin Jackson and Fiers — is looking Octoberish. The excellent summer for Beane, and the A’s, rolls on in Oakland.

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