The Tigers won the first two games of the four-game series before falling Wednesday, 12-8. That snapped a six-game winning streak and left the Tigers 0.5 games back of the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox.
But Fister is as good a bet as anyone this side of Justin Verlander to get the Tigers back on track.
Fister, 6-7 with a 3.52 ERA, is 5-1 over his last six starts and has been lights-out of late. In his last five outings, Fister has pitched 39.0 innings with 37 strikeouts and just seven runs allowed. He pitched a complete-game, one-run, six-K gem his last time out.
Fister won't need to be nearly that good if the Tigers continue to hit like they have been lately. Detroit has scored at least six runs in each of its seven games this month, including 21 through three games in New York.
First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 1:05 Eastern.