The Detroit Tigers are really starting to come together.
After sweeping the Chicago White Sox, the Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians today by a score of 4-2.
After scoring a season high 18 runs, the Tigers pitchers took over today’s game. Doug Fister was once again dominant.
Fister has been a great pick up for the Tigers. In my opinion, it was probably the biggest trade at the deadline this season. Fister had 13 strikeouts in eight innings pitched today.
Here’s a few stats about Fister from ESPN:
“Doug Fister already has more wins in 7 starts in a Tigers uniform then he did in the 21 starts he had with the Mariners earlier this season. His ERA is under 3 since the trade, the Tigers are scoring 2 more runs per game in his starts, and his strikeouts per 9 innings has gone up as well. He had his 1st double-digit strikeout game Monday, fanning 13 Indians batters.”
Another interesting fact from ESPN:
“Doug Fister and Madison Bumgarner each struck out 13 batters on Monday, the first time two pitchers have recorded 13+ strikeouts on the same day since May 22 (Felix Hernandez and James Shields, both also 13). Before that it had not been done since 2007.”
Fister’s performance today is what the Tigers are going to need if they want to win in the post-season.
They are playing their best baseball of the season at the right time. If they do end up winning the A.L. Central, the rotation will most likely be Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, and Max Scherzer. Those three have been as hot as ever and will be the key to the Tigers success. It has been fun to watch and I’m expecting the end of the season to very exciting.
Hopefully, the Tigers can keep the magic going and bring more enjoyment to the fans throughout the fall.