This was truly an ugly effort for the Mariners. They gave up 16 hits (13 of them by Doug Fister in 5 1/3 innings in his final start of 2010), committed two errors, had a balk by Fister that allowed a run to score, botched a first-and-third pickoff, and managed just six hits themselves for one measly run while leaving 11 on base.
Fister, admittedly, gave up a lot of bleeders and bloopers, plus two infield hits. But the one that knocked him out of the game in the sixth, a two-run homer by Oakland rookie Chris Carter (the A’s No. 1 prospect), was no cheapy. It was absolutely smoked off the facade in left.
So, what do we make of Fister’s first full season in the starting rotation? It can really be broken down into two parts. In his first 10 starts, Fister had a 2.45 ERA, third-best in the AL, and was 3-3. But after coming back from a month-long stint on the DL for right shoulder fatigue, he went 3-11 with a 5.24 ERA.
“Everything felt the same as in the beginning of the year, the same focus and mechanics,” he said of his bumpy finish. “It was a matter of going out and executing.”
Overall, Fister finishes 6-14 with a 4.11 ERA, and will go into next spring, most likely, pegged as one of the M’s five starters.
Evaluating his overall year, Fister said, “It’s a long season, with a lot of ups and downs. It’s a matter of who can keep the levelest emotional roller-coaster possible. I’ll have a lot of time in the offseason to think about it and learn from it. It was a growing year. Being up for a full year was new to me.”
Justin Smoak was just about the lone bright spot for the M’s tonight. He had a double, single, two walks and scored the only run. He has a seven-game hitting streak with a .458 average (11-for-24), six runs, a double, three homers, seven RBIs and five walks during the streak.