Detroit's game against the Indians had been postponed Thursday due to adverse weather conditions. However, it's yet to be determined whether or not the Tigers will play Monday, as they'll do so only if they have a chance to secure one of the American League wild-card spots. In Fulmer's last start, which came against Cleveland, he allowed three runs off six hits over just 3.1 innings.
Fulmer pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three Indians in Wednesday's no-decision.
In his final start of the regular season, the rookie came up three innings short of qualifying for the ERA title. A rain delay interfered with Fulmer's quest as he struggled to find any sort of rhythm throughout the evening. With the team fighting for a playoff spot, manager Brad Ausmus wasn't willing to let Fulmer try to work his way through the clunky performance. There's been something about the Indians that have caused the right-hander fits this year. Against the Tribe, Fulmer owns a 6.98 ERA and 1.97 WHIP (19.1 innings), compared to a 2.38 ERA and 0.96 WHIP (136.1 innings) against the rest of the league. Either way, the 23-year-old enjoyed a fantastic first season in the big leagues.
He will get a rematch against Cleveland, the team that hit him hard Friday night, in the season's final week. Fulmer's command was off -- he fired just 55 of his 100 pitches for strikes -- but there's good news. Fulmer's fastball averaged 95-96 mph, which is consistent with what he has thrown most of the season.
Despite having a full week since his last start, Fulmer once again showed some evidence of hitting a rookie wall. He was touched up early, giving up a double to Mike Napoli in the first and a two-run single to Carlos Santana in the second. Napoli got to him again in the fifth with a 390-foot shot that plated Jason Kipnis and helped put an end to Fulmer's night. The 23-year-old has now given up six earned runs twice in his last five starts and failed to complete six full innings in three of his last five trips to the mound. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Twins next Thursday.
Fulmer will start Friday against the Indians, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Fulmer will get a full week off in between starts -- with his last start coming last Friday against the Orioles -- as the rookie has already thrown 143.2 innings. It's unclear if the team has a hard innings cap in mind, but they will likely try to continue spacing out his starts as much as possible to maximize his rest. Justin Verlander and Daniel Norris will follow him and start the final two games of the weekend series.
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