Sunday, September 06, 2009

Mariner’s Doug Fister Off to a Great Major League Start

An update on Doug Fister, the pitcher I mentioned a few weeks ago as an interesting call-up to watch.  After one relief appearance Fister has been simply outstanding in five starts.  With ‘quality starts’ (six innings pitched with 3 runs or less allowed) in 4 of his first 5 starts, and much better than that in most of them, Fister has proven that his great control works well with a very good defense behind him.    Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu particularly commented on Fister’s success at working out of jams - ``This guy's really got a great feel for pitching.''    I especially have been impressed as he has built up his pitch counts, as he has held batters to a lower batting average after his 75th pitch than before it.  It is looking more and more likely that Fister will be a serious contender for the starting rotation in 2010. 

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