Doug Fister: About Last Night

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.

In happier new, my fan-crush favorite Tanner Roark tossed a scoreless inning of relief, followed by the Wonder Twins Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon.

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.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 14 12.6
Curveball 10 9
Cutter 15 13.5
Fourseam 5 4.5
Two-seam 67 60.4

Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curve Cutter Fourseam Two-seam
Ball 3 4 9 3 19
Called Strike 3 2 2 1 17
Swinging Strike 1 1 0 0 4
Foul 5 2 0 1 14
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
Changeup 76.9 98.5 81.2 -9.04 2.7
Curveball 68.3 71.3 73.8 3.22 -7.74
Cutter 80.9 82.78 84.9 1.1 3.24
Fourseam 85.2 87.14 88.4 -6.44 9.1
Two-seam 84.3 86.9 89.7 -8.55 5.91

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:

150803_FisterBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150803_FisterPitchesPitch Location by Pitch Type

080315_FisterCoolPitch Location by Pitch Type & Batter Stance

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