The Detroit Tigers infield defense is something of a joke among baseball fans. And for good reason, between Miguel Cabrera at third, Jhonny Peralta at short and Prince Fielder at first, there isn’t a lot of “range” represented by their infield full of sluggers.

As a result, pitchers like Doug Fister have to work a little harder in their starts. Usually that means throwing more pitches and registering more strikeouts to keep the plodding infielders neutralized. Last night, it meant storming off the mound like a 6’8 dynamo and making a terrific little toss to retire a speedy runner in Starling Marte.

Whatever works. By the way, Fister also pitched a brilliant game, striking out 12 over seven shutout innings.