Found May 07, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Doug Fister
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
One doesn’t have to reach too far back into the history of the Detroit Tigers to find a time when an apparently loaded roster was having trouble getting their act together and playing like the playoff team they were supposed to be. Doug Fister Last season, and July 30th to be more specific, the Tigers were just 56-51 and spinning their wheels near the top of the AL Central. But what a day July 30th of 2011 would turn out to be. That was the day the Tigers traded for Doug Fister, the one who makes all things better. 5 players moved in that deadline deal and only one currently stands as an impact major league player – Fister. Detroit shipped Charlie Furbush (currently pitching in the Mariners’ bullpen), Casper Wells (a part-timer in the M’s outfield) and Chance Ruffin (a prospect pitching in AAA) out west in exchange for Fister and David Pauley (remember him?). It is well documented that the Tigers went on a sudden and permanent tear for the rest of 2011 after Fister hit Motown. Jim Leyland’s crew went 39-16 the rest of the way and eventually petered out in Game 6 of the ALCS against the mega bats of the Rangers. Spearheading the pennant drive was none other than the lanky one. In 10 starts for the Tigers down the stretch, Dougy Fresh went 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA and a disturbing 57:5 K to walk ratio. He was so good, dare I say it, that he was one-upping the mighty Justin Verlander every turn through the rotation. Fister started the Tigers’ 2nd game of this season against the Red Sox. All seemed right with the world through 3.2 innings of scoreless ball until he strained a muscle in his side. That was exactly one month ago, April 7th. Fast forward to May 7th and Fister once again has put himself in the position of playing the hero’s role. The Tigers are a middle of the road 14-13 after 1 full month of baseball. Their lowest point came 2 weeks ago when they were pushed around by Fister’s former team, the lowly Seattle Mariners. Fister has yet to face the M’s since joining the Tigers. Don’t be surprised if his return serves as the spark that this team needs. The 6’8’’ right-hander will be taking the mound as you’re preparing for bed tonight (10:05 eastern). When you wake up, all just might be right within the world of the Detroit Tigers once again. Follow me on Twitter @isportsJoe or subscribe to our Detroit Tigers Feed

Fister set to join Tigers rotation

DETROIT -- Welcome back, Mr. Fister. After sitting out since leaving his first and only start of the season April 7 with a left costochondral strain, Doug Fister will make his second debut of the season Monday night in Seattle. No one is expecting Fister to do what he did when he arrived from Seattle at the trade deadline last season, which is to go 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA, but the...

Game 2012.29: Tigers at Mariners

Ah, memories! Doug Fister returned to the place where he began his career, was his usual effective self, and went home without a W, like he had so many times in the employ of Nintendo (a 3.33 2011 ERA was only good enough to get him a 3-12 record). Implosion may be a fair word for the performance of Dotel last night, and with Valverde struggling, it seems the bullpen has now become...

Boesch dropped to eighth in Tigers lineup

Managers walk a fine line between conveying a sense of panic and making moves when a change is called for. Jim Leyland didn't want anyone to read anything extra into his dropping of his season-long No. 2 hitter, Brennan Boesch, down to the eight spot in his batting order. He was replaced by Andy Dirks as the man behind leadoff hitter Austin Jackson. "I'm just...

Tigers Take Series from White Sox, Still Have to Address Pitching….

The Detroit Tigers squeaked out a win against the Chicago White Sox yesterday with a 3-1 victory, taking them to 14-13 on the young season. The Tigers 3 runs came on homeruns by Austin Jackson (1st inning), Prince Fielder (3rd inning), and Andy Dirks (8th inning). The win came behind a great pitching performance by Rick Porcello  (3-2) who went 6 1/3 innings with 5 K’s and only...

Fielder homers, Detroit gets 1st win vs. Seattle

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Game 2012.27: White Sox at Tigers

Though last night’s loss was pinned on Valverde, the offense has to take some of the blame. The offense went 2-8 with RISP and had only 2 doubles to go along with 7 singles. Other than Cabrera and Jackson, no one else has caught fire, and most of the guys are in minor slumps (Raburn is just Rayburn). I have every confidence that the team will hit. Not sure when, but we’ll be...

Jim Leyland Says MLB Went Too Light on Hamels

Old School Cole Hamels was suspended today for intentionally plunking Bryce Harper in last night’s game. The suspension is for five games. Public responses have been split as to whether Hamels’ actions are “part of the game.” Jim Leyland, manager for the Detroit Tigers, has made his feelings clear. Leyland feels there is no place in baseball for such acts. According...

Nova, Harrison risky starts

Start 'Em Doug Fister (@SEA, @OAK) Making his first since suffering a side strain on April 7, Fister could not ask for a better transitional slate. Not only are Oakland and Seattle near the bottom in runs per game and batting average in the American League, but Safeco Park and Coliseum are two of the more pitcher-friendly premises in the majors. The latter is especially...
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