Pelfrey allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Boston. This marks the sixth time already this season Pelfrey has allowed five or more runs in just 20 starts -- a 30 percent rate. Pelfrey has now allowed 148 hits in just 110.1 innings this season, and his 1.80 WHIP is the worst in the major leagues by a long shot. Second is Pittsburgh's Jon Niese, all the way down at 1.57.
Pelfrey (3-9) notched a rare win Thursday, limiting the White Sox to one run on eight hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out just one. Shane Greene came in and finished off the sixth inning after Pelfrey put two men on, and then the game went into a rain delay and was ultimately called with the Tigers holding a 2-1 edge. Pelfrey has given up just a single run in three of his last four outings, but has also been notably disaster-prone thanks to the incredible amount of contact he allows. That doesn't add up to a fantasy-friendly formula.
Pelfrey (2-9) allowed five runs on four hits over 1.2 innings in a loss to the Royals on Saturday. He also walked four and didn't strike out a batter. The veteran can't seem to get any luck. He only allowed one run in his last two outings before the break, but he took a loss and a no-decision in those starts. Pelfrey just didn't have it Saturday, as he took his ninth loss, which ties him for ninth-most in baseball, by throwing the shortest outing of his season. He also has two victories with a 4.95 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 42 strikeouts versus 42 walks in 100.0 innings. Pelfrey will try again Thursday against the White Sox.
Pelfrey was chased from the mound after just 1.2 innings Saturday against the Royals. He gave up four hits, five earned runs and walked four. It was Pelfrey's shortest outing of the season and second shortest of his career. He'd tossed two quality outings earlier in July, but he simply could not find the strike zone Saturday. Pelfrey's WHIP and ERA ballooned to 1.76 and 4.95, respectively, with the outing.
Pelfrey (2-8) took the loss Friday versus the Blue Jays despite giving up only one earned run on six hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out two. The veteran righty got absolutely no run support, sinking what was an admirable performance against a potent Blue Jays lineup. Pelfrey gave up only one earned run for the second straight start, and has now lowered his ERA from 6.23 to 4.58 over the last two months, despite some hiccups along the way. His 2-8 record is therefore somewhat deceiving, and he'll look to continue building on his last pair of outings in his first post-All-Star-break start.