Doug Fister P HOU 1 day ago

Fister (2-3) allowed a run on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 6.2 innings to earn the win Sunday against Oakland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fister out-dueled A's starter Rich Hill and didn't allow a home run during a game for the first time this season. The 32-year-old right-hander lines up to face Seattle on Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Doug Fister P HOU 1 week ago

Fister (1-3) allowed just four hits over six innings but walked seven and allowed three runs in a loss Monday against Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fister is still struggling to miss bats, as he drew just seven swinging strikes in 113 pitches and struck out just two batters. He now has 11 strikeouts in four starts and an equal number of walks. Unless Fister can figure out a way to make hitters swing and miss, he's going to have a hard time improving on his 5.56 ERA.

Doug Fister P HOU 2 weeks ago

Fister (1-2) held the Rangers to two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings Wednesday, but was stuck with a 2-1 loss. He struck out just one batter.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After a surprising six-strikeout opener, we've seen Fister balance things out over his last two starts -- three strikeouts in 11.2 innings. He's also allowed a homer in each of his three outings, and that combination of failing to miss bats and allowing long balls is an awfully dangerous one. You should be able to do better in most fantasy formats.

Doug Fister P HOU 3 weeks ago

Fister (1-1) took the loss Thursday, allowing six runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings of work. He logged two strikeouts and allowed no walks through 85 pitches.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fister settled down after allowing a first inning home run to Mike Moustakas, cruising through the next four innings before hitting a snare in the sixth. He got into trouble by allowing speedsters Paolo Orlando and Lorenzo Cain reach base in the top of the sixth and proceeded to allow three straight doubles. In all, Fister has looked pedestrian through his first two starts, failing to get out of the sixth inning in each outing. His ERA ballooned to 7.59 after Thursday's meltdown, and he'll look to get back on track in his next start Wednesday against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Doug Fister P HOU 3 weeks ago

Fister (1-0) threw five innings in Saturday's win over the Brewers, allowing three runs, five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The right-hander took advantage of a weak Brewers lineup in his Astros debut. Not known for his ability to strikeout hitters, Fister has been surprisingly good at fanning batters since spring, when he racked up 16 K's in 16 innings of Grapefruit League action. Expecting this rate of strikeouts to continue is not realistic, but if the 32-year-old can find a way to get hitters out, he can certainly have some fantasy value pitching for one of the best-hitting teams in baseball.

Doug Fister P HOU 1 month ago

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Fister will follow Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers and Scott Feldman as the No. 5 starter to open 2016, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fister has struggled this spring (8.44 ERA), but he's struck out 16 over 16 Grapefruit League innings. The 32-year-old posted a 5.5 K/9 last season, so an uptick in strikeouts would make him more appealing for fantasy purposes. Keep in mind he made 10 appearances out of the bullpen last year and could be a candidate to move to the pen once Lance McCullers (shoulder) is ready to return.

Doug Fister P HOU 2 months ago

Fister (illness) returned to Astros' camp Wednesday, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

"I had a touch of the flu or something," Fister said. "They let me get out of here so I wouldn't infect anybody else. I'm fine today." With Lance McCullers (shoulder) set to open 2016 on the DL, Fister's chances of opening the season in the starting rotation is more assured after competing with Scott Feldman and Mike Fiers for the fourth and fifth starter jobs in camp.

Doug Fister P HOU 2 months ago

Fister left camp with an illness Tuesday, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Consider the 32-year-old day-to-day. Fister has a 4.50 ERA and 10:4 K:BB ratio through eight Grapefruit League innings thus far.

Doug Fister P HOU 2 months ago

Fister will start the Astros' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against Philadelphia, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After signing a one-year, $7 million dollar contract with the Astros in January, Fister is the favorite to open 2016 as the No. 5 starter. His deal includes performance bonuses related to innings pitched, however, so it's possible Mike Fiers and Scott Feldman could usurp him from the rotation at some point, if not at the outset of 2016.

Doug Fister P HOU 3 months ago

Fister's deal with the Astros is for $7 million, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The deal also includes potential for $5 million more in performance bonuses related to innings pitched.