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Jul 30

Doug Fister: About Last Night

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.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 16 16.7%
Curveball 7 7.3%
Cutter 14 14.6%
Fourseam 12 12.5%
Two seam 47 49%

Fister Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curveball Cutter Fourseam Two Seam
Ball 3 4 9 3 16
Called Strike 3 0 1 5 14
Swinging Strike 0 0 2 0 1
Foul 4 2 1 1 6
HBP 0 0 1 0 1
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)
Cutter 78.5
Fourseam 84.1 85.6 86.6
Two seam 82.4 85.5 87.4

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.

150729_FisterStandPitch Location by Batter

One more by left / right batter split:

150729_FisterStandTilePitch Location by Batter in Pretty Blue Colors

By pitch type:

150729_FisterPitchesPitch Location by Pitch Type

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