Highest Leverage PA: 3.2, PA#42, Heisey 5-3g.o. vs Fister, Reds' 6th. Highest LI Win Value: .101, PA#23, e5 allowing Fister to score, Nationals' 3rd. QMAX rating: (3,2) for Fister (Success Square). Bullpen Award: None.Batters' Aggregate LI Win Values:
Span 0.171 Fister 0.023 Moore 0.004 Werth 0.002 Walters 0.000 Frandsen -0.008 Espinosa -0.012 Rendon -0.013 Lobaton -0.038 Desmond -0.069Doug Fister's third start of 2014 was not quite as good as his second start, but still significantly better than his first start, moreso in hit prevention than in command. Denard Span's five-hit game led the Nationals' hitting, which is greatly reflected in the LI Win Values. One is entitled to wonder why the overall values are quite so low after scoring nine runs. Early big leads hurt leverage badly.
As my two GIFs show, Fister's 2014 pattern still does not quite match his 2013 one. He's still not getting the ball down quite as much. Is it intentional?
2013 Doug Fister
2014 Doug Fister