Through three starts and 8 ⅓ innings pitched this Spring, Doug Fister has allowed 11 hits, two walks and four runs, three earned, while striking out three.
Washington's 31-year-old, 6'8'' starter faced the Miami Marlins last time out, surrendering six hits and two earned runs in four innings.
After the outing, the Nationals' starter was his normal critical self, telling reporters, including MASN's Chris Johnson, that he wasn't exactly pleased with his work on the mound:
"Nowhere near my best," Fister said. "There are some things that I need to continue to work on and kind of shake off the rust and kind of get through the spring training blues, if you want to call them that. I've got to be able to control, and more than control, command my fastball and my sinker. I haven't quite got to that point, still working on that. I think that's my biggest key."
He's rarely happy with his own outings, apparently.
Start no.4 of the Spring for Fister will take place this afternoon in Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium where the Nats take on the New York Yankees and right-handed starter Bryan Mitchell.
Here's the Nationals' lineup behind Fister for today's game:
#Nats lineup vs. #Yankees: Escobar 2B, Desmond SS, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Ramos C, C.Robinson LF, Taylor CF, Ward 3B, Fister P— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 23, 2015
WATCH/LISTEN: As noted above, this afternoon's 1:05 PM EDT game is going to be on MASN, MLB.tv and the MLB Network as well as 1580 AM WJFK and 1500 AM WFED on the radio in D.C. Watch the game, listen to the game.
Your choice this afternoon, but it should be a fun one either way, especially since we all get a chance to see Drew Ward take a few cuts against some major-league-ish competition.