Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter shows his Michigan pride

Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter is the program's all-time leader in innings pitched.Behind Chris Fetter 11
Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter is the program's all-time leader in innings pitched.Behind Chris Fetter 11 /

If there is one thing this site enjoys is writing about Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter. Yesterday, he rooted for a Michigan victory over OSU like any other fan.

The rival of all football rivals happened yesterday between Michigan and the Ohio State University. Lately, the tides of victory have favored Ohio State, winning eight in a row against the Wolverines until yesterday with Michigan winning for the first time since 2011, 42-27.  For any Detroit Tigers fan in the state of Michigan, no matter what school you went to, there may have been a moment of celebration.

For Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter, as an alumnus who holds the school record for most innings pitch in school history, he was there among the fans, rooting for a victory. While at Michigan, (2005-2009) the Wolverines went winless against the Buckeyes. (2005 he was a redshirt freshman)

Fetter, however, has had some successful history against Ohio State. For one, in his four starts that were found via, in four starts, he was 2-1 with his first start against the Buckeyes that happen on April 15th, 2006, He went seven innings, allowed just one run over seven hits but it ended up as a no-decision.

The following season, he won his second start, going seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out three down in Columbus.

In 2008, at Ray Fischer Stadium, he pitched a complete-game four-hitter, allowing just four hits and an unearned run in a 6-1 victory, his second straight win against Ohio State. It would be one of his five complete games on the season.

In his final start against the Buckeyes, he would be on the side of Big-Ten history but not in the way you think. Alex Wimmers threw a 9 inning no-hitter against Michigan, striking out 14 as the Buckeyes would win the series against Michigan for the first time since 2002. Fetter pitched 6.2 innings in that start, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and striking out five.

Michigan dominated the series against Ohio State from 2003 to 2008, winning 18 out of 24 games under manager Rich Maloney.

Just a cool piece of Michigan baseball history involving one of its more prolific alumnus, who also be heading down to Indianapolis for the Big Tin Championship with other Michigan fans.  Perhaps fans can hope the “Fetter Effect” could help Michigan win the title game.

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