Doug Fister: Why Pitcher Is One of the Detroit Tigers' Most Important Players

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IOctober 7, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01:  Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch in the second inning against the New York Yankees during Game One of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 1, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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I doubt the Detroit Tigers knew how important Doug Fister would be to the team when he was acquired in the trade with the Seattle Mariners.

Sure, Justin Verlander is the better pitcher, but Fister is a really vital part of the Tigers, and their postseason run thus far.

Besides Verlander, the Tigers wouldn't have another dominant pitcher without Fister. Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello aren't bad, but Fister gives the Rangers that one-two punch in their rotation that most other playoff teams have.

Without him, the Tigers wouldn't be able to stand up to certain teams.

Take a look at the Phillies stacked rotation with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, assuming the Phillies can beat the Cardinals tonight. 

Or perhaps the Brewers with Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.

Fister gives the Tigers another weapon to back Verlander up.

Doug Fister finished the season with an 11-13 record and a 2.83 ERA.

But that was with both the Mariners and Tigers. With the Tigers, Fister went 8-1 with an ERA of 1.79. That's amazing.

Verlander and Fister were possibly one of the best combos in the entire league, helping the Tigers achieve a season of over 90 wins.

In Game 5 against the Yankees Thursday night, Fister only allowed one run in five innings en route to a Tigers victory that sent Detroit to the ALCS.

In order to get to the World Series, the Tigers just need to get by the mighty swinging Texas Rangers.

The last time the Tigers made it to the World Series, they were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Maybe this time, Fister will be a key in helping the Tigers reach the promised land.