It’s been two years since Doug Fister came to the Detroit Tigers in a midseason deal. One aspect about Fister that is key is that he consistently proves his value to the team, although there are times when the coaching staff are worried about him getting off stride and losing his effectiveness.
On Friday night in a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers, Fister showed once again why the Tigers are glad to have him in their rotation. He’s as established as ever as a Detroit starter. He may not be as dominant as a Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer, but Fister can usually be counted upon to provide a solid start for his ballclub.
It wasn’t a sharp performance but when a team scores seven runs, including five in the first inning, it certainly makes it easier for the starter to focus on his task at hand to get the job done. He went six innings and allowed two runs, walking two and fanning five. Fister still has the tendency to give up a lot of hits and allows teams to put on too many rallies, but so far, he’s usually proven to be tough in snuffing out those rallies.
Fister had gone through four straight starts with either a loss or no decision. Friday’s win was his first in almost a month. If he continues to keep his team in games and if the offense scores a lot of runs he’s going to continue to be a bright light in the starting rotation.