Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Nationals 2014 Game 35: pugnator impugnamur

Highest Leverage PA:     1.3, PA#8, Moss single vs Fister, A's 1st.
Highest LI Win Value:    .098, PA#21, Jaso homer vs Fister, A's' 3rd.
QMAX rating:             (7,3) for Fister (Hit Hard).
Bullpen Award:           None.
Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Hairston       0.022
Walters        0.000
Werth         -0.023
Rendon        -0.034
Desmond       -0.037
Frandsen      -0.037
Span          -0.042
Ramos         -0.044
Espinosa      -0.047
LaRoche       -0.048
With Doug Fister making his second start of the season today, I thought it was about time to get some analysis of his first start up.

This game was another shellacking for the Nationals. This was the seventh loss by five runs or more during this season, which is not good. The sad-sack Astros have suffered fewer blow-outs than the Nats.

Fister seemed to leave a lot of balls up in the zone, which the Athletics' hitters feasted upon. Let's assume that he'll get this under control. I have posted two images from Brooks Baseball showing Fister's first six weeks in 2013, and one showing his last start. This is from the catcher's perspective As you can see, he's not keeping his pitches down-and-in quite enough. Keep your eye out for that.

2014 Fister:

2013 Fister:

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