After their first day off of the 2013 regular season, the Mariners begin a stretch of 16 games in 16 days with a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.
GAME: Tigers (7-5, T1, AL Central, +1.5 GA) at Mariners (6-8, 3rd, AL West, -4.0 GB). GAME #: 15. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING: 1st (Mariners won 2012 series 5-1). WHEN: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners W1 ; Tigers W 2. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
On July 30, 2011, a day before that year’s trading deadline, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik sent pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for a package that included reliever Charlie Furbush, OF Casper Wells, reliever Chance Ruffin and minor leaguer Francisco Martinez. As it stands now, the trade is starting pitcher Fister for short reliever Furbush.
Mariners fans will be reminded of that piece of swap slop Tuesday when Fister (2-0, 2.77) takes the mound in the first game of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers and Mariners.
Fister is 20-11, 2.94 with a 1.09 WHIP (walks plus hit divided by innings pitched) in 38 starts since joining the Tigers. Before his 2011 trade, Fister, Seattle’s No. 3 starter behind Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas, had a 3-12 mark wearing local colors. Immediately after the trade, he was, to the gall of Seattle fans, 8-1 over the balance of the 2011 season. That included a 5-0, 0.53 mark in September, a performance that netted him American League Pitcher of the Month honors.
As an encore, Fister won two postseason games, beating the Yankees in Game 5 of the ALDS and the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Plagued by a rib cage injury in 2012, Fister struggled to a 10-10 record, but had one notable performance. On Sept. 27, he set an American League record by striking out nine Kansas City Royals in a row. The MLB record is 10, set by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in 1970.
Fister has a 2-0 record and will oppose 34-year-old veteran Aaron Harang, the new No. 4 starter in Seattle’s rotation who will be making his Seattle debut. A closer look:
MARINERS: RHP Aaron Harang (10-10, 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
The 34-year-old Harang, a native of San Diego, is in his 12th major league season and first with the Mariners. He joined the club last week in a trade with the Colorado Rockies after spending the 2012 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harang, with 105 career wins and 104 losses, began his MLB career in 2002 with Oakland. He’s also pitched for Cincinnati (2003-10) and San Diego (2011). Harang is taking Blake Beavan’s place in Seattle’s rotation.
TIGERS: RHP Doug Fister (2-0, 2.77 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
The 29-year-old Fister, a Merced, CA., native in his fifth major league season and third with the Tigers, will make his third start and first against the Mariners, his original major league team. Fister had a poor spring training, but defeated the Yankees 8-3 in his first start April 6, and had no trouble dispatching Toronto in his last start April 11. In the two starts, covering 13.0 innings, Fister has allowed four earned runs on 14 hits, one a home run.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|4/16||Tue||vs. Det||RHP Aaron Harang (0-0) vs. Doug Fister (2-0)|
|4/17||Wed||vs. Det||RHP Felix Hernandez (1-2) vs. Max Scherzer (1-0)|
|4/18||Thr||vs. Det||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) vs. Justin Verlander (2-1)|
|4/19||Fri||at Tex||LHP Joe Saunders (1-1) vs. Yu Darvish (2-1)|
|4/20||Sat||at Tex||RHP Brandon Maurer (1-2) vs. RHP Nick Tepesch (1-1)|
|4/21||Sun||at Tex||RHP Aaron Harang (0-0) vs. LHP Derek Holland (0-1)|