Saturday, July 30, 2011
Fister? Damn Near Killed Her...
Via MLB Trade Rumors:
Fister, 27, has a 3.33 ERA, 5.5 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 0.43 HR/9, and 46.4% groundball rate in 146 innings this year. His walk rate ranks seventh in the AL, his innings total tenth. His 6.95 innings per start average is a welcome contrast from the Tigers' non-Verlander starters, who all average around six.
This is awesome for us, kids. I was a fan of Casper, but let's face facts. He didn't seem to be in favor with manager Jim Leyland and wasn't going to contribute to this team this year. He's blocked by Boesch and Jackson in the outfield and I'd expect the team to get a free agent right fielder in the offseason preventing from being anything more than a 4th outfielder beyond.
Furbush leaving sucks because it kills any ideas I may have had for a Fister/Furbush crime fighting duo. Oh well, I guess there's still Fister/Purcey. Well, unless the Tigers decide to drop Purcey into an active volcano, another move I'd be willing to support.
FMart is highly touted, but with Castellanos in the system, his loss is easier to take.
The 28 year-old Pauley is a right-handed reliever that is having his best season as a pro. He's 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 54.1 innings, with an impressive 0.99 WHIP and a 1.7 WAR. He's struck out 34 (5.6 K/9) and has only walked 16 (4 were intentional). He is hopefully the right-handed reliever we've been looking for, especially since he actually, you know, THROWS STRIKES.
Both pitchers are cheap and under team control until 2015. Bonus.
When Verlander, Porcello, Scherzer, or Penny haven't started, the Tigers are 4-16 this year. This move was necessary and well done. Bravo Dave Dombrowski.
I love this trade. The first person to bring up Jarrod Washburn gets punched in the kidneys.