On a night where the Nationals needed Doug Fister to pitch well and return the team to their winning ways, he struggled to keep the ball down and the Diamondbacks touched him for three home runs and five earned runs. David Peralta and Welington Castillo went back-to-back in the fourth and much like Sunday, the Nats quickly found themselves behind. All told, Fister threw six innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits while striking out six. It marked the third time in his last four starts that Fister has allowed four or more earned runs, and his 1.42 WHIP is a career high. He’s pitched exactly what you’d expect, too, as his ERA of 4.60 is only a notch higher than his FIP of 4.59.
Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Nationals starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.
Pitches by Type
Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:
|In play, no out||0||1||0||0||4|
|In play, out(s)||1||0||3||0||6|
|In play, run(s)||1||0||1||0||2|
Pitches by Outcome
|Pitch Type||Min (mph)||Mean (mph)||Max (mph)||Mean Horizontal||Mean Vertical|
Pitch Velocities & Movement
NOTE: Horizontal movement denotes average distance, in inches, from point of release to home plate (+ moves right as seen from a right-handed batter) while vertical movement is average distance, in inches, from release point to home plate.
Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:
By pitch type: