Fister is one of six American League pitchers to throw at least 100 innings and post an ERA of 3.75 or below in each of the last three seasons. The others are Jered Weaver, Verlander, James Shields, David Price and Felix Hernandez.
Comparable to high-end pitchers
Fister’s 4.1 Wins Above Replacement last season are more than any pitcher on the Nationals had last season. His 7.4 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons rank 23rd-best in the majors in that span, tied with Zack Greinke.
Fit for the NL
Fister has terrific numbers in a limited sample against National League teams. He has a 2.04 ERA and .226 opponents' batting average in 79 1/3 innings, including his World Series appearance against the San Francisco Giants in 2012.
Fister had the third-highest ground-ball rate (55 percent)in the majors among pitchers who qualified for the ERA title last season . However, opponents hit .276 against him on ground balls and bunts, the sixth-highest such opponents’ batting average in the majors.
With that, it should be noted that Fister is going from a Tigers team whose non-pitchers had -26 Defensive Runs Saved in the majors last season (with significant issues at the corner spots) to a Nationals team whose non-pitchers were worth -10 Defensive Runs Saved last season.
Tough to run against
Fister is very tough to steal bases against. Over the last four seasons, opponents are 16 for 30 in stealing bases with him on the mound.
Fister had the fifth-lowest rate of steals allowed per 9 innings (0.2) among the 100 pitchers who have pitched the most innings in that span.