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.
Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Anibal Sanchez will start the first three games against the Twins, and Fulmer could be an option to start the series finale Thursday, although Jordan Zimmermann could also make that start if Saturday's outing goes smoothly. The
Fulmer turned in his usual solid effort, but came up empty in the win column again, the fourth straight start in which he's failed to notch a victory. The 23-year-old's only hiccup was the 400-foot two-run shot he gave up to Jonathan Schoop in the sixth, which opened the scoring on the night for the Orioles. After a rough patch in his last two starts of August, Fulmer has bounced back by giving up just five earned runs over the 13 innings encompassing his last two trips to the mound. He'll try again for his 11th win when he takes on the Twins next Wednesday.
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|9/24/2016 vs Kansas City|
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|2012||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||7||6||2.74||21||21||1||0||0||108.1||92||37||33||6||6||38||101|
|2013||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||2||2||3.44||7||7||0||0||0||34.0||24||13||13||1||4||18||29|
|2014||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||6||10||3.97||19||19||0||0||0||95.1||112||52||42||7||8||31||86|
|2015||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||0||0||3.86||1||1||0||0||0||7.0||4||3||3||1||0||0||9|
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