A Tale Of Two Fisters
Doug Fister, first nine starts of 2010:
Doug Fister, last five starts of 2010:
Effectively, Fister’s pitching exactly the same as he was earlier in the season. The difference? His first nine starts, he had a .235 batting average on balls in play, and his last five starts, its .337. Balls that were being hit at people are now finding holes.
He wasn’t an ace in April, and he’s not junk now. He is what he is; a strike-throwing back-end starter whose performance will fluctuate with the randomness of BABIP. Don’t worry about his recent struggles too much. Just like his early season success, it won’t last.