Justin Verlander's fastball tops out at over 100 mph, Doug Fister's usually about 10-12 mph lower than that, so tonight will be a clinic in how two very different kinds of pitching works.
Verlander overpowers hitters, Fister keeps uses command and the change of speed to get his outs.
What's fascinating about their seasons to this point is that Fister has given up nearly a run and a half less per game - and has been harder to take deep. Fister is the only American League starter with at least 50 innings pitched who has allowed less than two home runs. He's given up one in 55 innings.
Unfortunately for Fister and the Seattle Mariners, however, the 2010 season hasn't been about pitching. Fister has lost two games and had three no decisions despite near-spectacular consistency.
The Mariners have lost their last two games while scoring one run in each. Ten times this season already, they've lost while scoring one run or less.
Fister will do his best to hold Detroit in check. From there, it's a matter of whether the Mariners score ... period.
- OK, they'll score. Franklin Gutierrez singled with two out and Milton Bradley followed with his third home run of the season. That, folks, is a Mariners lead. In the first: Seattle 2, Detroit 0.
- After a one-out ground ball single, Fister got a hard-hit one-hopper to shortstop, where Josh Wilson couldn't handle it. Instead of a double play, it put runners on first and third base. Danny Worth singled home a run. Austin Jackson grounded sharply off Jose Lopez's glove for an RBI double. Two tainted runs. Both count. In the second: Seattle 2, Detroit 2.
- Fister ran off his first 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, maintaining that 4-4 tie.
- Brandon Inge hit a solo home run one out into the sixth inning, and Detroit has taken the lead. In the sixth: Detroit 3, Seattle 2.
- Mr. Gutierrez hammered a Verlander pitch the other way for his fifth home run and a tie. In the sixth: Seattle 3, Detoit 3.
- Seven strong innings in the book for Fister, who has allowed two earned runs but finds the game tied up. After 102 pitches, the Mariners think that's enough. Another no-decision. Now pitching for Seattle: Shawn Kelley.
- In th eighth, Verlander is throwing harde4 (97 mph) than he did in the first (95 mph), and struck Ichiro out looking. Figgins hustled a single into a double. Gutierrez walked. Bradley singled Figgins home. With Joel Zumaya pitching, Lopez flied out - Gutierrez scoring from third. In the eighth: Seattle 5, Detroit 3.
- Ninth inning. David Aardsma time. It's a final: Seattle 5, Detroit 3.