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5 Reasons Why SP Doug Fister is Becoming Washington Nationals’ Ace

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5 Reasons Why SP Doug Fister is Becoming the Nationals' Ace

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SP Doug Fister is in his first year as a Washington National. His record is 8-2 after coming back from an injury he suffered during spring training. He is quickly becoming the most reliable starting pitcher in the Nationals' rotation. Here are five reasons why Fister might end up being considered the Nationals' ace.

5. It's Only His First Year as a National

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5. It's Only His First Year as a National

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The Nationals acquired SP Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers after the 2013 season. He suffered an injury during spring training that prevented the Nationals from seeing what he would bring to the team. Fister is now 8-2 on the year with a 2.90 ERA.

4. He Doesn't Walk Batters

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4. He Doesn't Walk Batters

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Fister walks very few batters. On the season, he has only walked eight batters through over 77 innings. In 12 games started, he is averaging less than one walk per game and also has the best WHIP of 1.07 on the Nationals.

3. The Win Potential Is There

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3. The Win Potential Is There

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Fister has won 10 or more games three times in his career, and he is on his way to his fourth 10-win season. Last season, he recorded a career-high 14 wins with Detroit and appears to be having an even better season with the Nationals this year.

2. He Keeps the Nationals in the Game

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2. He Keeps the Nationals in the Game

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In his last 10 starts, Fister has only given up more than three runs once. He consistently takes the team into the seventh inning or later when he starts, holding opponents to under three runs. Fister's ERA on the year is 2.90.

1. There's No Pressure On Him

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1. There's No Pressure On Him

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The Washington Nationals have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Fister is lining up behind guys like Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and All-Star Jordan Zimmermann. He and SP Tanner Roark lead the team with eight wins apiece and don't even have the spotlight on them yet.

Harry Floyd is a Washington Nationals/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.