Behind Doug Fister the Detroit Tigers are like a Runaway Freight Train
Doug Fister came from the Seattle Mariners organization and started pitching for them in 2009. Since 2009 he hasn’t had one single winning season. After 146 innings pitched for Seattle in 2011, the M’s traded Fister away to the Detroit Tigers for Chance Ruffin, Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells and Francisco Martinez. Fister posted a 3-12 record with an ERA of 3.33.
Now Doug Fister is with the Detroit Tigers. Did you hear that the Tigers clinched the AL Central division title? Did you hear that Doug Fister pitched that clincher? Yeah, he did! Fister has posted a 6-1 record with a 2.58 ERA since joining the Tigers late in the season. Now another former Mariner is headed to the post season to play more baseball. Here’s what “Dougy Fresh” had to say about all of this;
Friday night “was phenomenal,” he said. “Those kind of experiences can bring a group together.”
He spoke for a minute or two more, then he had work to do.
“Back to business,” he said.
Manager Jim Leyland said Fister’s performance begins with his work ethic. So it wasn’t surprising to see him in the clubhouse early Saturday, one of the first players to arrive. He joked with the clubhouse attendants about the job they’d done scrubbing and fumigating the place of champagne spray and cigar smoke.
Could Fister be the next Justin Verlander? I don’t know. But with Fister in that pitching rotation it almost seems like the Tigers have turned into a very dangerous baseball club. We can probably expect to see the Tigers playing a lot of October baseball.