The postponement of Game 1 of the ALDS series between the Yankees and Tigers puts the momentum firmly in the corner of the Yankees. With the revised schedule, they will only have to deal with Tigers ace Justin Verlander once now, rather than twice.
There is no one that can truly shut down a lineup like Verlander can, but Doug Fister will come pretty close against the Yankees on Saturday night. After Game 1 is over, the Yankees might be wishing that they had just completed the game on Friday night.
There may not be two more different pitchers. Justin Verlander might have the best stuff of any pitcher in baseball. He has been known to throw fastballs nearing 100 miles per hour in the ninth inning of complete game efforts.
Fister is the exact opposite. He has success by changing speeds, mixing locations and hitting his spots. The next time he completely overpowers a hitter will be the first time.
And that's precisely what will make him so effective against the Yankees.
The Yankees have a powerful lineup, but it's also a lineup full of guys that love to hit fastballs. With Fister on the mound, entire innings might pass without a single hittable fastball being thrown.
As anyone that has ever played baseball can tell you, swinging and missing against a junkballer is the most frustrating thing for an offense. His pitches look like a beach ball, but they disappear right before they get to the plate.
There are those that say that power pitching is what wins in the MLB postseason, but I think that good pitching wins in the postseason. It doesn't matter how hard the pitcher throws or what his repertoire is like as long as he gets outs.
On Saturday night, Doug Fister will be getting outs for the Detroit Tigers on the way to a Game 1 win.
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