It was a pitcher's duel all the way yesterday at Nationals Park, when a single from Bryce Harper scored the first run of the game as Denard Span crossed the plate. Shelby Miller was excellent and Jordan Zimmermann was too. Sadly, Drew Story allowed a run to score and he picked up only his second blown save of the season. Despite the bad luck the Nationals had runners on 2nd and 3rd when Ian Desmond hit a sacrifice fly to win the game. Today, Doug Fister will take the hill for the Nationals and Matt Wisler will take the hill for the Braves.
Matt Wisler has played one game this season and it was a good one. The 22 year old right hander made his Major League debut on June 19th and went 8 innings, while allowing only 1 run, striking out 2, and walking no one. It is tough to say if this was beginner's luck or if he was just playing the Mets, but either way he had a great first career game in the bigs and we'll see how he does this afternoon at Nationals Park. Take a look at some of his minor league numbers to get an idea of what type of pitcher he is.
Wisler's Minor League Stats
|Rk (1 season)||Rk||0||0||inf||1||0||0.0||2||4||4||0||2||0|
|A (1 season)||A||5||4||.556||2.53||24||23||114.0||95||39||32||1||28||113||1.079|
|A+ (1 season)||A+||2||1||.667||2.03||6||6||31.0||22||7||7||1||6||28||0.903|
|AA (2 seasons)||AA||9||5||.643||2.80||26||26||135.0||111||43||42||9||33||138||1.067|
|AAA (2 seasons)||AAA||12||9||.571||4.76||34||34||181.2||199||102||96||24||49||150||1.365|
Doug Fister's return from the DL wasn't spectacular. He went 5.1 frames, allowed 5 runs, and struck out only 1. The good news is that he didn't walk anyone, but hopefully tonight we see him back to being his normal self. It usually takes a pitcher some time to get back into a rhythm once they get off the DL, so let's hope that today's game is when he puts it all back together. Before he hit the DL in mid May, he was doing quite well for himself, so if he could get back to that the Nationals would be in a great place. The Braves have seen Fister pretty well over the course of 113 plate appearances, but we shall see how they do today.
Fister vs. Current Braves