Story by: Beth Kostecki
The high-profile starting rotation of the Detroit Tigers always gets a lot of buzz. Befitting his role as unquestioned ace of the staff, Justin Verlander draws the bulk of attention. Chatter about Rick Porcello and Anibal Sanchez is as uneven as their performances. And with a strong second half, Max Scherzer is the golden boy du jour. In the midst of this, Doug Fister is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Tigers: he just can’t get any respect.
Oh sure, last year he was the ace up Dave Dombrowski’s sleeve. Plucked from Seattle, the Sahara Desert of run production, Fister became one of those trade deadline legends. His stellar second half helped pull Detroit to the division title and within two games of the World Series. But, when he fell victim to nagging injuries in the first half of 2012, many fans dismissed him. Even a post-All Star reprisal of his 2011 performance did little to restore him to favor.
Scherzer’s momentum has him gaining favor as the #2 starter, b...