The panic of Wednesday has been replaced by the joy of Thursday for Detroit Tiger fans. The day after giving up a five run lead to the Toronto Blue Jays they took it to them with an amazing 11-1 win in the series finale in Detroit. Even though they put up all those runs, the performance of the day could have been Doug Fister who pitched great to get his second win of the season.
Through Spring Training it was thought that Fister could be a little off, but he certainly has put that to rest with his first two appearances of the 2013 season. He’s thrown 13 innings now through two starts, and he’s surrendered four runs on 14 hits, much better than his spring numbers. He was shaky at best in Spring Training and had awful control of his pitches in every game in Lakeland, Florida.
I know that I’m happy to see him get off to a great start because he has potential to be a great pitcher for the Tigers. When he came to the team in 2011 at mid-season, he pitched outstanding, winning eight games to only one loss with an ERA of 1.79, giving great hope that he could be a solid two or three starter in the rotation along with Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer.
Granted, Fister did have a lot of run support today with the Tigers having a lopsided second inning where they scored five runs, but he never looked back. Only giving up one run over eight innings of work isn’t too shabby at all if you ask me.
I like the way Fister pitches, and there is only one way to describe it. Fast. He gets the ball and chucks it toward the plate. Not only is this good for the Tigers, who don’t necessarily have the best defense in the league, but it never lets the batter get comfortable in the box. I can’t wait to see what he can do in a full healthy season in Detroit; it should be fun to watch.