OT: Doug Fister sets new AL record.

Submitted by robbyt003 on September 27th, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Doug Fister just pitched 9 consecutive strikeouts for a new Tigers record and new American League record.  He was only 1 strikeout away from tying the MLB record of 10.  

Go Tigers!

Comments

WMUgoblue

September 27th, 2012 at 2:39 PM ^

I get nothing at work done when the Tigers play afternoon games, more specifically on Thursdays. Unreal that he went through the order without anybody even putting the ball in play, just gotta win the game now.

Sambojangles

September 27th, 2012 at 2:40 PM ^

Unfortunately, the next guy grounded out to end the streak at 9. 

It's a cool to set any kind of record, but like many in baseball, it seems kind of arbitrary. Plenty of great pitchers have had consecutive K streaks broken up by other outs, which are just as great. 

That being said, I don't want to rain on Fister's parade. it's an awesome accomplishment, and he is pitching lights out. Anytime you break a record held by Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens, among others, you are doing something great.

Hopefully he keeps it up through his last start @ KC and the playoffs. Go Tigers!

LSAClassOf2000

September 27th, 2012 at 2:54 PM ^

That is a phenomenal performance by Doug Fister, and it puts him in select  company with regards to that record, to be sure.

The MLB record, in case anyone is interested, is held by Tom Seaver - 10 consecutive strikeouts on 4/22/1970 against the then quite lowly (and quite new, to be fair) San Diego Padres.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

September 27th, 2012 at 4:11 PM ^

Didn't see it (forgot it was a day game.)  So I don't know know how close it was.  But in general the risk/reward calculation favors heading home with two outs.  This is simplistic, but Peralta is hitting less than .250, so even if your chances of making it are only 1-in-4, you go.  If you think it's 50/50, it's a total no-brainer.  You took off with the pitch and you're forcing the defense to make a difficult play.

Vote_Crisler_1937

September 27th, 2012 at 4:52 PM ^

I appreciate how hard it is to get a two-out hit but does your analysis consider the strength of KC's outfield throwing everyone out last year and this year? Perhaps you did factor that in to the odds, in which case I agree he should have gone , but I assumed off the bat that Gordon makes that play no problem. Go Tigers!

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

September 27th, 2012 at 9:44 PM ^

No....like I said it was a little bit simplistic.  Just that with two outs, your chances of scoring from third are basically the batting average of the guy at the plate.  All kinds of things can change the dynamics of the decision, like the situation, the defense, the runner, the hit itself, whether the batter is a slugger or a slap hitter.  I'm no Mathlete.  The most basic part of it, though, is that if you stop at third, you need a hit to score, so it's usually best to take the chance.

Blue boy johnson

September 27th, 2012 at 4:21 PM ^

Some bad news out of this game: Scherzer's shoulder tightened up while do between game, routine throwing and Scherzer is scratched from Friday's game v Twins. Drew Smyly will start in his place.