Nationals' Doug Fister: 'I still think I have a starting role somewhere'

As he surveys what might be ahead in free agency this coming offseason, Doug Fister is confident that he can find his way into a starting rotation again after being converted into a reliever by the Washington Nationals. Fister, who had never been a full-time reliever in his seven years in the majors, was sent to the bullpen by the Nats in August after posting a 4-7 record with a...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The ten most disappointing players of 2015

Down years happen. For as good as any player can be, he’s bound to have a year where his numbers fall and he fails to live up to lofty expectations. It’s part of the game, and usually fans are accepting of them to a point. But some down years are definitely worse than others, like when a team has high hopes of contending for a championship and needs its superstars to perform...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Philly doubles down on losing as Phils fall to Nats in extras

View image | Final (11): Nationals 8, Phillies 7 WP: Jonathan Papelbon (4-2, 1.99) LP: Luis Garcia (3-5, 3.75) S: Doug Fister (1) Philadelphia, PA--If the Phillies lose, but no one is there to see it, does it still count? Such was the case on Monday night, as the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon before the trade deadline in July, it was expected that Matt Williams could be creative with another solid reliever in his bullpen. Of course, that hasn’t happened at all. Washington has played in 33 games since acquiring Papelbon on July 28th. He’s pitched in just 11 of them, including seven of the team’s 14 wins...
Via The Outside Corner
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

D.C. collapse: what brought down the Nationals?

High expectations can be a dangerous thing. Almost everyone expected the Washington Nationals to be really, really good this year. Many expected them to win the National League, and just as many picked them to win the World Series. They were a team that didn’t have many obvious weaknesses; instead, they added to their strengths, signing the top free agent starting pitcher on...
Via The Outside Corner
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Fister’s value has tanked more than any other free agent

We’re about two and a half months away from the qualifying offer deadline this offseason, and we’ve been getting to thinking about players that have played themselves into and out of situations where the offer would apply. For instance, Wei-Yin Chen of the Orioles has pitched himself into a position where a qualifying offer seems to be a certainty (assuming there’s not a Cespedes...
Via Bloguin Best
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Fister’s value has tanked more than any other free agent

We’re about two and a half months away from the qualifying offer deadline this offseason, and we’ve been getting to thinking about players that have played themselves into and out of situations where the offer would apply. For instance, Wei-Yin Chen of the Orioles has pitched himself into a position where a qualifying offer seems to be a certainty (assuming there’s not...
Via The Outside Corner
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 11

Tuesday’s action brings all 30 teams back into action, but it’s still a pretty lean day overall. In spite of this, the preferred duel is a dandy. Check ’em out: Scott Kazmir (HOU) vs. Madison Bumgarner (SFG) 10:15 p.m. ET Kazmir wasn’t going to stay perfect in Houston, but despite allowing four earned runs last time out in a loss to the Rangers, just one was earned,...
Via The Sports Post
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Nats May Have Something In Joe Ross

In case you’re wondering why Doug Fister is moving to the pen upon Stephen Strasburg’s return, this may have something to do with it: Joe Ross (@Nationals): highest K-BB ratio (11.8) through a pitcher's 1st 7 career starts in modern MLB history (since 1900) via @EliasSports — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 7, 2015 That’s ridiculous and wholly unexpected...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: Strasburg to pitch Saturday

Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg, who has been out since July 4 due to an oblique strain, will return to the mound on Saturday against the Rockies, bumping Doug Fister to the bullpen. In 13 starts this season, Strasburg has struggled to a 5.16 ERA. Sure, that ERA looks bad, but Strasburg was pitching pretty well in the three starts before returning to the DL, as he was attempting to...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals nailed Joe Ross decision

Joe Ross has delivered a sparkling 2.80 ERA in seven starts this year for the Washington Nationals. What started out as an audition with Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister injured, has turned into a full-time gig, as the Nationals announced yesterday that Strasburg will return to the rotation on Saturday after completing the rehab process for a bothersome oblique. Doug Fister, who...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Moving to Bullpen to Make Room for Joe Ross as Starter

View image | The struggling Nationals are reshuffling the cards, as skipper Matt Williams announced 22-year old sensation Joe Ross will remain a starter while veteran starter Doug Fister will move to the bullpen. The move follows another impressive start for Ross, and the reactivation of starter Stephen Strasburg (oblique) from the disabled list. The Nationals...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 6

It’s an extremely lean day pitching-wise across the MLB slate, but we dug in to find some aces for you to keep an eye on. Check ’em out: Warm-Up Tosses Here’s a look at today’s “aces in isolation:” Michael Wacha (opposed by Cincinnati’s Michael Lorenzen), Zack Greinke (Philadelphia’s David Buchanan), and Joe Ross (Arizona’s Jeremy Hellickson). Wacha had one...
Via The Sports Post
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

All-Around Struggles Put Washington Nationals Behind New York Mets

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 03: Doug Fister #33 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park on August 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Four straight losses have the Washington Nationals a game back from the New York Mets for the National League East lead, an unexpected problem this late in...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Struggling Nationals suddenly looking up in the standings

The anointed National League favorites, the Washington Nationals, are suddenly looking up in the National League East standings, now sitting in second place, one game behind the surging New York Mets.  The Nationals at one point built a 4 game lead and looked as if they were beginning to pull away from the NL East pack, more specifically, the Mets. Not anymore. The Nationals are...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Second Place

Yes, Doug Fister hit for himself in the 5th down 5-0 with a man on. He bunted. It almost worked out. Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 4: Fister struggles, offense finally wakes up late. 9th inning rally falls short. Mets win, take over first place in NL East. Update: Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon are alive and well. Matt Williams finally brings out his 8th and 9th inning...
Via Nationals Enquirer
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks-Nationals Preview

With their NL East lead virtually erased, the Washington Nationals will try to begin their turnaround by continuing their recent dominance of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Doug Fister will try to provide a boost Monday night by winning back-to-back starts for the first time this season, but the slumping Nationals lineup will have to face a pitcher seeking to open his career with three...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins' Suzuki only 100 hits away from 3K

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki moved 100 hits away from 3,000 on Wednesday night. Suzuki's RBI double down the left-field line in the second inning off Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister put him closer to the milestone. It also gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer connected on an 86 mph fastball. It helped him become the 38th...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Latest Washington National With Pitching Woes

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) In the Nationals’ loss Thursday night to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Doug Fister gave up four runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 4.50, over two runs higher than it was last year...
Via The Sports Journal
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: first half of season recap

Well, as the first half of the season has come to and end, the Washington Nationals sit a top of the National League East division with an above average record of 48-39. Just 9 games over .500 this season, the Nationals take a 2 game lead over the New York Mets into the All-Star break. Max Scherzer ended the first half of the season on a high note as they defeated their American...
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Injuries Keeping Washington Nationals From True Potential

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) For multiple seasons now, the Washington Nationals have had a roster that made them the easiest best to pencil in as the National League’s representative...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Byrd tries continue hot streak against Nationals

Behind star slugger Bryce Harper and an overpowering rotation, the surging Washington Nationals are closing in on their longest run at home in 10 years. Doug Fister hopes to add to that success as the Nationals seek their 10th straight home victory Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the struggling Cincinnati Reds. Washington starters have posted an 0.44 ERA...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

NL East-Leading Nationals Continue To Be Popular Draw In Ticket Sales

View image | The Washington Nationals storm into July looking every bit as good as they were expected to be leading up to the 2015 MLB season. Already atop the NL East, Bryce Harper and co. look to distance themselves even further from the pesky New York Mets as they aim to secure the division and return to the playoffs. After a slow start because of injuries...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ignorance is bliss: Nationals' Fister doesn't know score, inning when locked in

When Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister is in the zone, he's completely locked in. So locked in, in fact, that he's oblivious to the things you'd imagine every baseball player is cognizant of while on the diamond. After throwing seven scoreless innings in the Nationals' 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, Fister gave a glimpse into his mindset while he's locked in...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Fister pitches 4-hit ball as Nationals shut out Braves

  Doug Fister said he really hadn't heard about the scoreless innings streak being crafted by his fellow Washington Nationals starters. Fister allowed four hits over seven innings in another superb outing by a Washington starter, and the Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Thursday for their sixth straight win. Washington's rotation has thrown a franchise-record 41 1/3...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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