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Doug Fister is 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA since his delayed, rough Nationals debut

Jun 11, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Doug Fister‘s debut for the Nationals was delayed until mid-May by a season-opening stint on the disabled list, but now he’s healthy and showing why so many people thought Washington pulled off a great trade getting him from Detroit this offseason.

Fister shut out the Giants for seven innings last night, improving to 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in seven starts. And those great overall numbers include a rough first outing on May 9, after which Fister has gone 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA.

Fister has always had very good control, but he’s basically stopped walking batters at this point. He’s handed out three free passes in 44 innings and has a nifty 31/3 K/BB ratio. No wonder the Nationals wanted to sign him to a long-term contract extension as soon as they made the swap with the Tigers.

  1. tbird05 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    He be ruling with an iron fist…er.

  2. pinerider22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Worst move Dave Dombrowski ever made. Weakened the Tigers’ starting pitching as well as the relief pitching.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Dave has done so much right over the years he’s bound to miss now and then. As a Tigers fan we’re lucky to have him.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        When a smart GM makes what appears to be a dumb move, my hunch is that we’re not getting the full story and we never will. For example, Dombrowski may have believed [libelous lies about Fister], and wanted to get rid of him as soon as possible. But we’ll never know.

        That’s my guess.

        Also: everyone makes mistakes.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Well Fister was going to get expensive, and Ray is a nice prospect who will be cheap and controllable for a long time, so there’s tha… Of course it really doesn’t change the fact that many thought Dave could have received more for Fister.
        It happens, moving on

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Please don’t say the contract for Verlander was a good one…

        he’s still a good pitcher, but he is overpaid now and it will get worse in the years to come.

        in a few yrs it would like you buying an old used car with high miles and paying an amount for it that you would on a new model with very little miles on it…

        they were fortunate to get out from under Fielder’s contract…

        otherwise they were going to end up like the Phillies… it would have happened around 2018 and 2019 when all the high priced guys were much older and not playing close to their contracts…

        he didn’t have the money to pay Fister and Max on top of Miggy (BAD contract too, just wait), Verlander, Fielder (who is now gone but wasn’t when considering the others)

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        I could list all the great trades, draft picks, international signings and moves made by DD but it would take too long and would be over-kill. Suffices to say he’s one of the leagues best GM’s but of course not perfect.

    • pappageorgio - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      I don’t think you can judge the trade right now.

      Ray was pretty good in his brief trip to the majors and Krol has been a bright spot in the pen this season. The tigers were not going to pay Fister long term. Porcello was the guy everyone thought we should trade…..and has had a very good season so far. Dombrowski is crazy like a fox… a couple of years and ray is doing great and Fister isn’t in Washington, we’ll see how stupid DD looks then

      • NatsLady - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        By then Rizzo will have drafted and fixed another dozen baby pitchers to spread all over the majors…

  3. chacochicken - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Its a good thing Rizzo answered the phone at 1 am and decided to talk to an obviously drunk Dave Dombrowski.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:42 PM


    • hoopmatch - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      No thumbs up or down available, so I’ll just say “Great comment!”

  4. raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Even though Aaron wrote this article, Craig can never be allowed to live this one down:

    • tbird05 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      My God, that is terrible….and I can’t stop laughing.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      You’re just going to oblige yourself with being the person who posts it every time.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Of course!

    • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Eternal vigilance is the price we must pay to have fun at Craig’s expense.

      I say, it is a price worth paying.

  5. nbjays - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Way to go, Dog!

  6. toledotigerfan - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    That’s OK. Robbie Ray has done very well at Toledo and has looked good with the Tigers. Ray is cheaper than Fister and younger and, as an added bonus, he’s a lefty.

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