Fulmer (2-2) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Twins after pitching 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and one walk while fanning three. Fulmer recorded the final two outs of the fifth inning and cruised until the end of the seventh, allowing just two baserunners and tossing 28 of his 47 pitches for strikes. Fulmer has started in four of his 10 appearances but has been effective as a reliever so far. He has gone five straight appearances allowing two or fewer runs and has now recorded two straight scoreless appearances.
Fulmer retired the final two batters of Wednesday's 6-5, extra-inning win over the Red Sox to record the save. Gregory Soto started the 10th inning with a strikeout but then allowed back-to-back singles, so manager A.J. Hinch turned to Fulmer with the right-handed Hunter Renfroe coming up. Renfroe reached on an error, but Fulmer buckled down and retired the final two batters to record his first MLB save. The 28-year-old started Tuesday's game but lasted less than an inning, so he was able to help the team out after five other pitchers were used Wednesday. Fulmer is still slated to start next Tuesday against Kansas City, though Hinch may juggle his rotation to give the righty a little extra rest.
Fulmer (0-2) allowed four runs (two earned) across just 0.2 innings and took the loss Tuesday against the Red Sox. He gave up four hits and a walk with no strikeouts. The Tigers were likely expecting a short start from Fulmer, but this qualifies as a disappointment, as the righty couldn't even escape the first inning, making it his briefest appearance of the season. Fulmer's 4.57 ERA is an improvement from the 8.78 mark he recorded last year, but his inability to work deep into games limits his fantasy appeal. He's scheduled to take the mound again next Tuesday against the Royals in search of better results.
Fulmer will start Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. Fulmer had been available out of the bullpen recently, but he'll draw his fourth start of the season in Tuesday's series opener against Boston. The right-hander hasn't lasted longer than five innings in any of his seven appearances this year, and he's posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 21 innings.
Fulmer will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Fulmer and Tarik Skubal had been piggybacking, but Skubal will work as a traditional starter Friday while Fulmer shifts to a less rigid role in the short term. He has pitched very well this season, logging a 3.32 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB in 19 innings, but he has not been used in a fantasy-friendly role.
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