If I were to tell you to name a Detroit Tigers starting pitcher, you would probably say the same thing everyone else would say: Justin Verlander. While Verlander is the unquestioned ace of the staff, there are actually other starting pitchers. One such man is Doug Fister. Fister has had a decent career without ever really having a great or a bad year. This year he has continued with more of the same with one great outing and one not so great. Watching footage of the good outing against the Toronto Blue Jays made it clear that Fister has better stuff than we all knew.
While he doesn’t record a ton of strikeouts, and he does get into some trouble, Fister is really good at getting out of jams when he is on. What he lacks in strikeouts he more than makes up ground ball outs and just basically keeping opposing batters off-balance. Several times a batter was made to look plain silly or just looked at a strike three pitch with his knees buckling.
Literally Fister potentially has knee buckling breaking and off-speed stuff. That isn’t something to sneeze at. He tends to do better against teams that are under the .500 winning percentage but who doesn’t? I’m not sure what his third start will look like. Of note is the fact that the Seattle Mariners are under the .500 mark so it could mean another good outing.
It could be very interesting to keep an eye on Fister if he has a second straight great outing. The Tigers need some of their starters to go deeper into games in order to give the bullpen a chance to work itself out. Along with winning games, Fister could be a huge help in providing that as well with a quality outing.