Doug Fister was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels by the Boston Red Sox on June 23 to add some much-needed depth to the rotation.
At first, it seemed like a failed experiment.
His first seven appearances as a member of the Red Sox were not pretty, to say the least. Fister’s first four starts did not go as planned. The right-handed went 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA.
He was even worse out of the bullpen in three outings – posting an ERA of 7.11.
But a resurgence of Fister has occurred and made him a strong force as of late. Over three of his last four starts, he tossed a combined 23 innings while yielding a total of just six runs. That’s 2.34 runs per nine innings.
While in those three games, he averaged 7.2 innings an outing.
One of those was a complete game, one-hitter against the Cleveland Indians this Tuesday.
The one hit and run that came in the game was via a leadoff home run by Francisco Lindor. Other than that, the 33-year-old mowed down the Tribe lineup – retiring 27 of the next 28 batters en route to a 9-1 win.
Fister is set to return to the bump Sunday at 1:35 p.m. as he opposes Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.