Doug Fister threw an impressive Game Three for the Detroit Tigers last night in the ALCS. He beat the Rangers by allowing just seven hits and no walks through 7.1 innings pitched, striking out three. This was Fister’s second consecutive post-season victory, having also dispatched the Yankees in the deciding game of the ALDS.
How did he do it?
Fister threw 102 pitches on the night, 74 for strikes, and used this combination….
2-seam fastball: 71 pitches (85-93 mph, 91.03 avg)
curveball: 14 pitches (75-78 mph, 76.29 avg)
cutter: 13 pitches (85-91 mph, 87.23 avg)
changeup: 4 pitches (80-85 mph, 82.75 avg)
The story of the game was how Fister owned the inside part of the plate against right-handed hitters. He used his 2-seam fastball and simply pounded the inside corner all night. Adrian Beltre fouled three balls off of his legs, including one that almost destroyed his knee cap. Michael Young, Nelson Cruz, and Mike Napoli joined Beltre in a hitless night for the right-handed 4...