Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pitching Matchup of the Day: August 17th

     Doug Fister of the Washington Nationals and Edison Volquez of the Pittsburgh Pirates square off today at 5:05 PM ET in a series that could possibly decide whether or not the Pirates have an increased chance of making the 2014 MLB playoffs. ( Last two games were losses to the Nationals )

  Doug Fister has been extremely solid throughout the season, going 12 - 3, with an excellent ERA of 2.34. Born on February 4th, 1984, Fister grew up as a Oakland Athletics baseball fan and a San Francisco Giants fan. Doug Fister attended Golden Valley High School, where Fister was a two year letterman and was a All - Central California Conference selection as a senior.

    At Merced college ( Fister attended Merced from 2003 - 2004 ), Fister was drafted in the 49th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, but chose to transfer to Fresno State University to play Division 1 baseball with the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fister lead the Bulldogs with seven ( 7 ) wins. Eventually, he was selected by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2005 MLB Draft, but chose to remain at Fresno State University for one more year to hopefully find his maximum potential as a pitcher. In his final season with the Fresno State Bulldogs, Fister went 8 - 6 with a 4.10 earned run average. However, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round of the 2006 MLB Draft.

         After many solid years in the Mariners farm system, Fister made his MLB debut on August 8th, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays, Fister went one inning and issued a hit and a walk. Fister finished the season with a 3 - 4 record with a respectable 4.13 era. Fister was traded from the Seattle Mariners starting rotation to the Detroit Tigers starting rotation, where he went 8 -1 with a 1.79 earned run average. Therefore, Fister ended the 11 - 13 with an earned run average of 2.83.
       On December 2nd, 2013, Doug Fister was traded once again, but to the Washington Nationals, where he remains on the active roster today.

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        Edinson Volquez was born on July 3rd, 1983 in Barahona, Dominican Republic. Edison grew up around baseball and began to play when his parents encouraged him to try the sport that he would eventually adore. As a child, Volquez did two things regulary, go to school and play baseball. Volquez signed with the Texas Rangers in 2001, only to provide the Rangers with more depth in there farm system, that had now-solid White Sox starting pitcher, John Danks as a top prospect. After four ( 4 ) long and tiring years in the minors, Volquez was called up to make his MLB debut on August 30th, 2005 against the Chicago White Sox. For the first two years of his career, Volquez struggled, only receiving one win over the span of the 2005 and 2006 MLB seasons.

      Traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the Josh Hamilton deal, Volquez improved immensely, going 7 - 1 with a 1.33 era in nine starts during the 2008 MLB season, earning himself a spot on the All-Star team. Just when Volquez was comfortable, he was traded to the San Diego Padres in a deal that brought star pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. After a brief stint with the Padres, Volquez shifted to the Dodgers, where he had an unsuccessful year, going 0 - 2 with a 4.18 era. This past year, Volquez has gained the momentum and success to ride the winning train. Currently, Volquez is 10 - 7 with a 3.67 era!

    Make sure to tune into the Pirates against the Nationals at 5:05 PM ET today!

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