Fister should gain value with Tigers
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.
Don't be surprised if Fister suddenly starts winning more games with the Tigers, assuming he continues to pitch effectively. Led by Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers enter Saturday tied for eighth in runs scored. The Mariners are hitting .220 in July with 68 runs scored in 24 games, having recently lost every game for more than two weeks. Fister ranks last among 110 qualified pitchers in run support this season.
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