Fiers Lights Fire to Nats’ Hope

A Salute to Mike Fiers
(To the tune of “Buckle Down, Winsocki”)

Mike Fiers

Buckle down, Mike Fiers

Buckle down

You can win, Mike Fiers
If you knuckle down
If you break their necks
If you make them wrecks
You can break the hex,
So, Mike Fiers, buckle down
Make ’em yell, Mike Fiers, make ’em yell.
You can win, Mike Fiers
If you give ’em hell
If you don’t give in, take it on the chin
You are bound to win,
If you will only buckle down,
If you fight you’ll chuckle at defeat.
If you fight, Mike Fiers, your luck’ll not retreat
Knuckle down, Mike Fiers
Knuckle down.
You can win, Mike Fiers
If you buckle down
If you mow them down
If you go to town
We can wear the crown
If you keep on buckling down.
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And buckle down is exactly what Mike Fiers did in Game Two of the Series with the Nats at MMP last night. He went 7 full innings for the first time this season, showed masterful control of his stuff, giving up only one earned run on 4 hits, none by the nemesis long ball route, while punching out 6 batters and walking only one. We could hardly ask for more. If this means that Mike now again has control of all that natural and learned ability we know he has within him, Astro prospects for the post season just got a lot brighter.
It also helps to see guys like Jake Marisnick, Mike Stassi, and Alex Bregman dropping in those long ball bombs in support of Fiers and the team win.
Astros Manager A.J. Hinch keeps telling us and we must try harder to remember: Never give up on these guys. They are a special and talented team. – And if they all find their max capacities as Mike Fiers did yesterday, look out, world of major league baseball!
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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 77 49 .611  
2 ANGELS 65 62 .512 12.5
3 MARINERS 65 63 .508 13.0
4 RANGERS 63 63 .500 14.0
5 ATHLETICS 55 72 .433 22.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

 RANGERS 7 – ANGELS 5 (10 innings).

 MARINERS 9 – BRAVES 6.

 ORIOLES 8 – ATHLETICS 7.

 ASTROS 6NATIONALS 1.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 481 172 35 4 19 .358
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 ERIC HOSMER KC 477 152 23 1 21 .319
3 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 390 124 21 3 13 .318
4 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 401 125 21 0 19 .312
5 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 352 108 23 0 21 .307
6 JEAN SEGURA SEA 408 125 24 1 7 .306
7 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
8 JOSH REDDICK HOU 389 117 26 3 12 .301
9 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 479 144 30 0 27 .301
10 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 420 126 24 0 28 .300
 
  Other Top 40 Astros    
17 YULI GURRIEL HOU 434 127 33 1 15 .293
33 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 421 117 30 5 16 .278

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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