Houston Astros Spring Training Battles: 4th/5th Starters

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DOUG FISTER

Jul 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

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Doug Fister joins the Astros’ pitching staff as a great bounceback candidate.

Fister finished 8th in Cy Young voting in 2014 after three great years with the Detroit Tigers, but an injury-plagued 2015 season and substantial drop in velocity hurt his value.

Luckily, Fister and pitching coach Brent Strom are a match made in heaven. Strom worked wonders for ace Dallas Keuchel, and one can imagine Fister getting a similar diet of refining command and pitching to weak contact.

He is an intriguing project, as he will have every chance to reinvent himself and contend for his first World Series championship.

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