Posts Tagged ‘Doug Fister’

Will The Tigers Come Back From Their Deficit?

October 11, 2011

After winning the first two games of the ALCS, the Rangers are feeling pretty good as they travel to Detroit for Game 3 of the series. Pitching for the Rangers will be Colby Lewis who looks to remain undefeated in his postseason career. The Rangers are counting on him to help them to their sixth consecutive playoff victory. Pitching for Detroit will be Doug Fister, who has a 4-0 record with a 0.98 ERA at home. During regular season play, Texas lost four of six at Detroit. Will the hometown advance be enough for the Tigers to overcome the power of Lewis?

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Pressure is on the Pitchers in this Pivotal Post-Season Match

October 6, 2011

In the must win game five of the ALDS both the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers will place their Championship hopes on the arms of two young, inexperienced pitchers. Game five will be a rematch of game one, where Yankees’ Rookie, Ivan Nova’s two earned runs over six and a third innings earned the victory over Doug Fister and the Tigers. While on the surface it appears that Ivan Nova had the more dominant regular season, as he collected 16 victories and only four losses, opposed to Fister’s 11-13 Win-Loss mark. However, over the last two months of the season, Fister was the best pitcher on the Tigers, (A staff that features presumable Al Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander), going 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 11 starts. Check out Nova’s and Fister’s home and away records in the regular season.


While Fister’s had a phenomenal August and September on the hill, he only faced clubs with winning records twice in his 11 starts. Nova, playing in the AL East, faced fierce lineups all year. Compare the amount of Earned Runs Nova and Fister allowed in each of their starts and how it affected their ERAs. Notice that Nova’s ERA was very mercurial while Fister’s ERA significantly tapered off towards the end of the season while facing sub-par lineups.


Examining tonight’s starting pitcher’s Strikeout to Walk Ratio when broken down by home and away, one notices that Fister’s control is more consistent. Also, Nova’s 1.39 home Strikeout to Walk Ratio is nearly three times less than Fister’s 4.12 away Strikeout to Walk Ration and reduces the Bronx Bombers’ advantage at Yankee Stadium.


Fister’s overall regular season WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched) was .26 points better than Nova’s and Fister’s away WHIP is .34 points better than Nova’s home. Check out Fister’s and Nova’s WHIPs in the regular season.


While is appears that Fister is the better pitcher, if one factors in their Strikeout to Walk Ratios, WHIPs and Fister’s stellar August and September, Nova was much better in game one. Will Fister again blow up against the powerful Yankees’ lineup and torpedo the Tigers’ season? Or will Nova’s inexperience and lackluster numbers at Yankee Stadium derail the Yankees’ October? Either way a young pitcher will likely become a postseason hero.

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ALDS Game One: Tigers Vs. Yankees Redux

October 1, 2011

Game One of the ALDS was suspended in the middle of the second inning last night due to heavy rain. Jorge Posada will lead off for the Yankees in the bottom of the second with the score knotted up at one a piece. While fans were only treated to less than 30 pitches from aces Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia, tonight’s game will resume with another great pitching match-up. Red-hot Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers. Fister has not lost nor allowed more than one earned run in his last eight starts. They Yankees will counter with Rookie sensation Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA). Check out how many Earned Runs each pitchers has allowed per week this season.

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With a low chance of precipitation, baseball fans shall be treated to some great October ball at Yankees Stadium this evening.

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AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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AL Central Champ

September 17, 2011

The AL Central has found their champion. After last night’s win, the Tigers won the AL Central title and a spot in the playoffs. This is the first time that the team has won their division since 1987. It’s not doubt that the Tigers have some All-Star players on their team, including Justin Verlander, Jose Valverde, and Doug Fister to name a few. But do the Tigers have what it takes to get to the World Series? Click on the charts below to get the full scope of their offensive and defensive stats.

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