I just got ba
ck from my trip to Italy yesterday afternoon and finally got to watch some playoff baseball after trying to follow things via twitter and online reports. I managed to catch most of the Tigers-Rangers game yesterday including the grand-slam walkoff homer by to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the ALCS as the series now moves on to Detroit. The Tigers will be sending none other than ex-Mariner to the mound this evening to try and stop the explosive Texas offense.
I am sort of looking forward to watching the gangly Fister on the mound tonight just to see if he is doing anything different from his days here in Seattle. It is amazing to read how the fans in Detroit love Fister and that his trade has been called the best mid-season trade in baseball this year by some in the National press. Once gain this could go down in the long line of trades here in Seattle that resulted in player sudenly blossoming once they leave here and we get stuck with some mediocre players who don”t produce.
Of course unles the Detroit bats wake up tonight Mister Fister could find himself in familiar circumstances from his old Seattle day wherin he pitches a great game but still loses due to lack of run support. The Rangers lineup is so dangerous all the way through the order that this game for Fister could determine whether the Tigers can make a series of of it or go down with a whimper.
It is nice to see that all the East Coast teams are out of it this year and it is even possible that a small market team like the Brewers could win it all in 2011 which would perhaps give us some home here in gloomy Seattle. The Rangers look like the team to beat however as much as I hate to see our AL West rival win it all after all the punishment they have handed us over the past few years. But maybe Doug Fister will pitch the game of his life tonight and stop the Rangers machine…..stay tuned! Go M”s http://jeffsmar