By: Shawn Palmer
The trade deadline clock ticked down to 0 Monday night and Red Sox were out of time.
They acquired Eduardo Nunez the week prior and traded three lower level prospects for Mets closer Addison Reed. The Yankees went out and got Sonny Gray, who had been on Bostons “radar” for years. The Dodgers made a last second trade for Rangers ace Yu Darvish. With the beloved David Price hitting the DL again, the Sox seemed to have a need for another starting pitcher. Little did we know, we had a secret ace hiding in plain site.
The man I speak of is the 6’8 Fresno State product, playoff warrior Doug Fister. After getting slammed for about a month straight out of the rotation and bullpen, the real Fister came out to pitch Monday night. The Sox were dwindling and in need of win against the roaring Indians, but fans expected the savior to be Chris Sale Tuesday night. Instead Fister grabbed the indians by there AL east champion balls and controlled them all night.
Fister was one out from going a full 8 innings until Farrell left him in too long and gave up a home run to the odd looking Bradley Zimmer. His final line for the night was 7 ⅔ innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. That stat line does him no justice, he was in complete control the whole game. If he pitches like this the rest of the way the Sox may just survive more than 3 games in October. (The offense needs to get better as well)
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