And “do it again next Monday against Baltimore” he did! Douglas Fister, my boy! Reminds me of a young Bob Wolcott, he does! Yesterday he had a no-hitter through 6 innings until Dave Sims did his damnedest to jinx him by talking about the no-hitter through 6 innings. Dammit Sims! The first rule of broadcasting a No-Hitter is you don’t talk about a No-Hitter! Check out the line on my boy Fister: 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 3K; 1.42 ERA on the year. There was one point yesterday – I think it was the 3rd inning – where he threw NOTHING but strikes! I’m serious; there was 1 ball called by the umpire, but that was a discrace: it was right in the middle of the plate! I think he was just so shocked that the inning was about to end with nothing but strikes being thrown that he totally choked on that call. Anyway, Fister is no Felix, but the man has pinpoint accuracy on his side! His fastball may top out at 89 and he may throw it 80% of the time, but if he can hit his spots – inside, outside, up, down – I mean, not for nothing, but Greg Maddux wasn’t all that overpowering either. This is that kind of accuracy that I was seeing last night. Maddux Shit. Just awesome. And, on a disasterous side note: after I went to bed, Franklin Gutierrez may have pulled a groin. For those of you not following baseball, Gutierrez has pretty much been the MVP of baseball. His On-Base percentage is damn near .500! He’s probably responsible for 5 of the Mariners’ 7 wins right now. If we lose him for any kind of stretch, we are DONE. As it is, we need all the hitting we can get. I don’t think I have to tell you what having Eric Byrnes in your everyday lineup will do to my ability to NOT have a stroke every time I watch the Mariners.