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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Doug Fister yielded two runs -- one earned -- and four hits over 6 2/3 innings Thursday in beating the Phillies.
Fister wasn't at his best tonight, yet he still could have gotten through the outing scoreless with better outfield play. An RBI triple from Freddy Galvis should have been caught by Bryce Harper in the third, but the right fielder was caught drifting on the ball and then couldn't catch up to it. The fourth-inning run was unearned after Michael Taylor had a flyball go right off his glove. Fister has a 0.69 ERA after two starts, largely because he's gotten to face the Phillies both times. Apr 16 - 9:43 PM

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Doug Fister did not allow a run in the Nationals' loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

Fister scattered six hits during his 6 1/3 innings, just one of which (a Ryan Howard double) went for extra bases. He also struck out one and walked one in the contest. This game was more or less Fister in a nutshell. He won't strike out a ton of batters, but he's a smart pitcher who knows how to minimize damage. The last time he posted an ERA higher than 3.67 was in 2010. Fister will face off with the Phillies again in his next outing and will hopefully have better luck in the win department. He took a no-decision Saturday.
Apr 11 - 11:09 PM

Doug Fister yielded two runs and four hits in six innings Saturday versus the Yankees.

Fister lowered his spring ERA from 7.02 to 5.96 with a better final effort. He'll pitch the Nationals' fourth game of the season against the Phillies.
Apr 4 - 4:14 PM

Doug Fister gave up six runs in four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Marlins.

Fister started off nicely enough this spring, but he's allowed 10 runs and five homers in his last two starts. The wind was definitely a major factor in his poor showing today, so we won't make too much of it.
Mar 29 - 5:08 PM

Nationals and RHP Doug Fister avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million contract.

It's a well-earned raise for the right-hander in what was his final year of arbitration eligibility. Fister put up a 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings this past season for Washington and will be a big part of their rotation again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:37 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that there have been "no talks for months" between the Nationals and Doug Fister regarding a contract extension.

The team offered Fister a long-term deal shortly after they traded for him last offseason, but it was turned down and talks apparently haven't rekindled. It's undoubtedly the reason the Nationals are willing to listen to offers for Fister, as reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale last week. Both Fister and Jordan Zimmermann are slated for free agency after next season and the Nats know that they likely can't keep both of them.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Doug Fister "is available if a deal makes sense," according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Fister is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season, so the Nats are dangling him on the trade market in the event that they're presented with an attractive return package. They're doing the same with Jordan Zimmermann, who is also entering his contract year. Fister, 30, posted a stellar 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings this past season for Washington.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Doug Fister allowed just four singles, three walks and no runs in Monday's 4-1 NLDS Game 3 victory over the Giants.

Fister was a little shaky early on, loading the bases in the second inning before getting out of it by striking out Madison Bumgarner. He really settled in, though, yielding just four baserunners the rest of the way. He was pulled after 99 pitches, as Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen closed things out. The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the hill versus Ryan Vogelsong in Game 4 as they again try to avoid elimination.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 08:33:00 PM

Doug Fister's last regular season start in 2014 was a dandy, as he struck out nine while tossing his second career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Fister didn't walk anyone and allowed just three hits (two singles) in the gem. He even contributed a walk, a triple and a run scored at the plate. The right-hander got a late start to the season due to a lat injury, but he was excellent over his 25 starts, posting a 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP while winning 16 games. The Nats clinched home field advantage in the National League with their victory in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Doug Fister gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday in a 3-2 win over the Marlins.

Fister only struck out one batter, but limited the Marlins to just five hits and a pair of walks. While the 30-year-old got a late start on the season, he's now 15-6 with a 2.55 ERA over 24 starts. He's been everything the Nationals were hoping for and more. He'll make his final regular season start next week against the Mets.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:17:00 PM

Doug Fister allowed three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Saturday in a win over the Mets.

Fister was cruising until the bottom of the fifth, when Wilmer Flores launched a two-run homer. Curtis Granderson then added an RBI single in the sixth, but the Nationals netted 10 total runs on 15 hits to take the easy victory in Queens. Fister is 14-6 with an outstanding 2.55 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He'll face the Marlins in Miami next time through the Washington rotation.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:13:00 PM

Doug Fister allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings to beat the Braves on Monday.

After three consecutive poor starts, Fister found his mojo tonight, cruising through the first six innings. He did start to tire in the seventh, and it looked like Matt Williams would come out to pull him with two outs, but Williams chose to leave him in and he got Andrelton Simmons to hit a routine grounder to end the frame with two on. Fister is 13-6 with a 2.53 ERA.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:17:00 PM

Doug Fister allowed four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits over five innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Fister suffered his third consecutive defeat, punching out two and walking two. He went 12-2 with a 1.89 ERA in his first 17 starts, but has coughed up 12 earned runs and 27 hits across 16 2/3 innings (6.48 ERA) in back-to-back-back losses. Despite the recent struggles, the right-hander boasts an excellent 2.66 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and an 82/18 K/BB ratio. Fister is scheduled to play host to Atlanta next week, an outing that will kick off a two-start week.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 01:12:00 AM

Doug Fister was hit hard in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, surrendering five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a walk.

Fister allowed a pair of home runs: a solo shot to Jimmy Rollins in the first inning, and a go-ahead two-run home run to Grady Sizemore in the sixth. The right-hander then hit Ben Revere with a pitch before he was lifted in favor of reliever Matt Thornton. Fister only struck out three on the night. He has an excellent 2.55 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and an 80/16 K/BB ratio. He'll be in Los Angeles when he faces the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:15:00 PM

After pitching Friday night with stitches on his neck, Doug Fister revealed that he had "some skin cancer removed a couple of days ago."

Fister declined to elaborate further, and he said the procedure had nothing to do with his rare off night on the mound (he gave up four runs in six innings in a loss to the Giants). He's expected to make his next start against the Phillies on normal rest.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:12:00 AM

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