The story of the Nationals win will start with Bryce Harper hitting two more home runs, bringing his season total to 29, while going 3-for-4 with four RBI. I’ve been wondering when he’s going to hit a lull. He’s been so ridiculously hot this season, with a wRC+ of 212 overall, that it was inevitable that he was going to not hit. July has been his worst month since April when he hit .286/.440/.545, and in July he’s hitting .319/.462/.611 with five home runs. His current OBP of .463 is pretty remarkable, and you have to believe he’s only going to see more pitches as the Nationals regulars such as Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, and Jayson Werth grow comfortable with big league pitching again. What exactly are August and September going to bring?
The point of this article, however, is to discuss Doug Fister’s night. As with my articles on Bartolo Colon, here, and Noah Syndergaard, here, I’m discussing the pitching performances by such as things as pitch types and locations.
On the night, Fister threw six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking one, hitting two (Derek Dietrich in the second inning and Justin Bour in the sixth), and striking out four. It was only the second time in Fister’s last five outings that he’s allowed fewer than four earned runs with the righty allowing 15 earned runs now in his last 28 innings of work. I’m not the best at math, but that works out to a 4.82 ERA over that span.
Fister Pitches by Type
Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:
|In play, no out||2||0||0||0||0|
|In play, out(s)||4||1||0||3||5|
|In play, run(s)||0||0||0||0||2|
Fister Pitches by Outcome
It’s tough to gauge Fister’s outings by pitch velocities, but I’ll put them in here for right now anyway. It would better to add something about pitch movements, and I’m working on adding that search since it would be just as, if not more, valuable.
|Pitch Type||Min (mph)||Mean (mph)||Max (mph)|
Fister Pitch Velocities
Typical of a Fister start, he pounded the zone with strikes, particularly with his two-seam fastball. His changeup he largely kept down and middle of the plate while he never once through a cutter that didn’t run outside black to a righty and inside to a lefty.
One more by left / right batter split:
By pitch type: