Fulmer (9-2) allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings, but received no decision Friday at the White Sox. Fulmer had a 4-1 lead going into the fifth inning, but he allowed four runs in the frame, which put the Tigers down a run upon his exit from the contest. However, the Tigers' offense was able to come through in the latter innings to take him off the hook for a possible loss. This was the first time he's allowed more than two runs in an outing since May 15, and his ERA is now at 2.41 on the season. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Red Sox.
Fulmer (9-2) threw eight innings Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five, but came away with a no-decision in a 4-2 win over the Royals. He threw 68 of 95 pitches for strikes and started 21 of 31 batters off with first-pitch strikes, but Fulmer couldn't quite stick around long enough to get rewarded with his 10th win. He's now reeled off three straight quality starts in July and eight QS in his last 10 outings as he puts himself firmly in the AL's Rookie of the Year conversation. He'll next take the mound Friday on the road against the White Sox.
Fulmer (2-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, struck out two and waked one over six innings in a victory against the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. This was Detroit's first victory over Cleveland in 12 tries this season. Fulmer has been a revelation for the Tigers pitching staff. He hasn't given up more than one earned run in any of his last nine outings. Over that stretch, Fulmer has a 0.72 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50.1 innings. Overall, he is 9-2 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .204 batting average against and 72 strikeouts in 76.2 innings.
Fulmer, who has been the Tigers' most consistent starter this season, is among the midseason frontrunners for the American League Rookie-of-the-Year award. Fulmer led the majors with an 0.61 ERA in June and was second with a .140 batting average against, and that earned him Tigers' Pitcher of the Month honors. His 2.17 ERA would lead AL starters, but he's a few innings short of qualifying for that title. Fulmer's bWAR is a stunning 3.2 (best on the team), which ties him with studs like Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, and puts him behind just Clayton Kershaw, Danny Salazar, Chris Sale, Julio Teheran and Jose Fernandez. The closest other AL rookies are position players -- Nomar Mazara (Rangers) and Whit Merrifield (Royals), but their 1.5 bWAR stats pale in comparison. The last Tigers' pitcher to burst onto the scene like this is none other than Justin Verlander, who also finished seventh in Cy Young voting that year. Fulmer's style is similar to Verlander's; hopefully his season will be, too.
Fulmer (8-2) pitched eight shutout innings on two hits and one walk while striking out 10 to earn the win Friday at the Rays. Fulmer completely dominated the Rays, and the offense scored seven runs while he was in the game to give him an easy victory. He's now held opponents to one run or fewer in each of his last eight starts to lower his ERA to 2.17. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Indians.