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Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
8:05 PM EST. Doug Fister has made two starts this year and comes in with a 1-1 record and 3.12 ERA but do not believe it, as his xERA is 5.59 and his WHIP is 1.85. This is not a suitable park for Fister either. Last season, Fister went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 90 innings for the Red Sox before being released in June. He subsequently was called back and even started Game 3 of the ALDS (he lasted 1.1 innings) but the redemption story isn't all that sweet. Fisted used to rely on a staunch groundball %/controll combo to get by, the latter of which has been M.I.A. for two years. His swing and miss rate is still subpar and it says not to trust the strikeouts spike. Fister’s age, declining skills and his xERA’s over the past two seasons all confirm the tank is running low. Sell.
Injuries continue to derail Garrett Richards’ career. Last season, stem cell treatment for a torn UCL did the trick. This injury magnet only lasted 5 innings in April before being shelved by an irritated biceps nerve. A September return yielded five promising starts, as his top-shelf skills and velocity looked vintage in a small sample size. In two starts this year, Richards has been dealing it with an elite 16% swing and miss rate, 52% grounders, a 2.75 xERA and just a 10% line-drive rate. Yeah, it’s early and yeah, it’s a small sample size but Richards has always had the skills and he’s worth buying before the rest of the market catches on to how good he is or can be. The Angels are starting to look a threat as well so let’s get in on both Richards and the Halos before both stocks soar.
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