Fister should gain value with Tigers
July, 30, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
The unluckiest pitcher in baseball looks like he just got a little lucky. Right-hander Doug Fister, labeled by colleague Jayson Stark as the most criminally unsupported pitcher in the game because the Seattle Mariners simply don't score runs for him, reportedly will be traded Saturday to the Detroit Tigers, a team with considerably more offense. Heck, the Toledo Mud Hens might present more offense than the Mariners.
Consider that Fister, a sad 3-12 this season, has a better ERA (3.33) than Felix Hernandez, Tim Hudson, Ervin Santana, Chris Carpenter, David Price and Yovani Gallardo, among many others. Fister's WHIP is 1.17, good for 28th among qualified hurlers, and better than Tim Lincecum, Jon Lester and All-Star Ryan Vogelsong, the current NL ERA leader. Look, Fister isn't an ace, but the way he's pitched, he should be in double digits in wins and owned in a lot more fantasy leagues.
Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireDoug Fister is a far better pitcher than his record indicates.