M’s Game 8-9: Opener, A’s get Fist(er)ed

So, we’re sorry that we didn’t get a review up for the opener. I know that in my case, in the fifth inning of Sunday afternoon’s finale in Arlington, my roommate decided to trim the hedges around our house, and in doing so managed to cut the cable for both my internet and television.

I work at night, so I was unable to watch the game live anyways, but without internet or my faithful DVR, I was unable to record the game or write about it.

Between Randy Johnson and Death Cab for Cutie, I missed a Seattle-heavy pregame lineup, and I’m jealous of those of you who got to see either or both.

My cable got fixed today, so I still didn’t get to watch the game (I was at work), but I do know one thing, after today’s game the Oakland A’s deserve a full slate of innuendos.

Fister almost shut out the A’s.

If you have to Urban Dictionary any of that to understand it, you’re probably reading the wrong blog. But on the off chance you’ve arrived here on purpose, but without prior knowledge of any of the double entendres in that sentence, here you go: Fister almost shut out the A’s (check definition No. 4).

For eight innings Fister shut down the A’s, but was anything sustainable? (Is anything sustainable with a fist in your—nevermind)

The A’s boast an offense as—or close too—as bad as the Mariners offense. Fister got 12 ground outs (sustainable with his stuff/command) and 9 fly outs (them leading to 0 runs are probably not sustainable). Fister struck out four batters (4.5 k/9 is sustainable, though unimpressive) and walked none (potentially sutainable, he’s a control pitcher).

So the majority of what Fister did tonight was sustainable, but realistically, the results of tonight were a bit of luck and good timing in a random sampling of a BABIP that will be much higher at season’s end.

One of the reasons that many people shy away from stat-based scouting and analysis as a method for judgement is that it tends to take away some of the artistry of the game. Pitching and hitting, though pretty quantifiable by statistical analysis, are a lot harder to teach or understand from a physical perspective.

Well, if pitching is art, then Fister will have to be freakin’ Picasso to maintain these results.

He doesn’t have a dominating fastball, or an out pitch at all for that matter, and he’s probably the guy most hurt by Jose Lopez playing third instead of Adrian Beltre or Chone Figgins.

That stated, one hell of a game.