M's call up Fister to start Tuesday vs. White Sox in place of Vargas.
Fister is having a fantastic season with the Mariners AAA affiliate posting a 7.18 K/BB rate boosted by a minuscule .93 BB/9. He's also running a .85 HR/9 for the season. These numbers are not a large improvement on prior years. Only his BB/9 has taken a big jump this year from the prior two years of 2.20/3.01 (07/08). His average against makes him look hitable at .306, but its driven by a .356 BABIP, so probably not. He does have a higher then .300 BABIP for his career, by a lot, but with the Seattle D, he should get that cut down a bit.
And he had a cameo against Tampa two days ago: one ip, one hit, one walk and one strikeout.
Numbers say command/control guy. And so does Seattle Manager Wakamatsu who described him as a command pitcher with 5 different pitches.
And a brief report from the USSMariner http://ussmariner.com/2009/08/07/fister-replaces-vargas/
The whole thing is kind of a bummer as Vargas is terrible this year. Nuts, missed an easy one.