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32 Michael Fulmer RP

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May 16, 2021 06:40 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Grabs win in extras
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Fulmer (3-2) picked up the win in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning victory over the Cubs, allowing one unearned run on two hits over two innings. He struck out one.

The right-hander entered the game in the ninth with the score tied 7-7, but it looked like he would get stuck with the loss when the Cubs pushed their ghost runner home in the top of the 10th. One blown save by Craig Kimbrel later, and Fulmer instead was the winner. The 28-year-old has taken to his new high-leverage bullpen role, securing two wins, two saves and a hold over his last five appearances with a 0.00 ERA and 7:2 K:BB in seven innings.

May 13, 2021 11:40 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Records second save
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Fulmer recorded the final two outs of Thursday's win over the Royals to earn the save.

Gregory Soto, who recorded the save Wednesday, got the nod to begin the ninth, but he allowed two runs while retiring just a single batter. That forced manager A.J. Hinch to turn to Fulmer, and the righty delivered his second MLB save, with his other one coming earlier this month. Fulmer has looked comfortable in his bullpen role, and the Tigers seem to trust him in high-leverage spots. Soto should still be the closer moving forward despite the hiccup, but Fulmer is worth keeping an eye on.

May 11, 2021 02:16 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Finding home in bullpen?
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Manager A.J. Hinch didn't want to definitively say that Fulmer would remain in the bullpen all season but he has been pleased with how the righty has performed in relief, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Fulmer had a rough 2020 campaign, posting an 8.78 ERA in 10 starts, but he's looked much better in relief this season, registering a 2.92 ERA across 12.1 innings out of the bullpen. The 28-year-old has found a little extra velocity as a reliever, and Hinch called him a "valuable weapon." To his credit, Fulmer has embraced the role, saying he wants to be "thrown into the fire" if he's going to remain in the bullpen. The Tigers may end up giving him some more starts this year, but for a team that has struggled to develop reliable bullpen options, Fulmer could quickly establish himself as one of its most trusted relievers.

May 9, 2021 05:32 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Earns win in relief
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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.

May 6, 2021 10:28 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Records first MLB save
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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.

May 5, 2021 01:08 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Struggles in short start
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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.

May 3, 2021 04:00 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Starting Tuesday
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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.

April 28, 2021 05:12 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Available as reliever
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Fulmer will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago, Evan Woodbery of 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.

April 26, 2021 08:28 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Effective in short start
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Fulmer allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two in three scoreless innings in Sunday's loss to the Royals. He didn't factor into the decision.

Fulmer threw only 36 pitches Sunday since he was pitching on three days' rest, but the right-hander held Kansas City in check to begin the game. Fulmer has made six appearances (three starts) to begin the season, and he's posted a 3.32 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 19 innings during that time. He lines up to make his next start on the road against the Yankees on Friday.

April 25, 2021 10:32 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Set for abbreviated start
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Manager A.J. Hinch said Fulmer would be making a shortened start Sunday against the Royals, though he didn't specify how long the right-hander might work, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Considering that Fulmer is pitching on three days' rest after covering four frames (60 pitches) in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, the fact that his workload is being restricted for a second straight outing doesn't come as a major surprise. Hinch noted that Tarik Skubal is scheduled to pitch Sunday, but it's unclear if he'll act as a true bulk reliever behind Fulmer or merely cover an inning or two.

April 22, 2021 05:16 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Takes loss in matinee
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Fulmer (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over four innings while taking the loss in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Pirates.

Fulmer was initially only expected to work three innings at most, but his pitch count was low enough to stay in. That turned out to be a mistake, as the Pirates tagged him for three runs in the fourth inning. The right-hander had a 3.94 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 15 strikeouts across 16 innings this season. Fulmer is still working up his pitch count -- he threw 60 pitches Wednesday (40 strikes). He could start on short rest versus the Royals on Sunday, but he could be piggybacked again as he was against the Pirates.

April 22, 2021 02:44 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Will be piggybacked Wednesday
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Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said that Fulmer will pitch only 2-to-3 innings in his start during the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Pirates before Tarik Skubal follows the right-hander in long relief, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Fulmer had been expected to make a more traditional start Tuesday, but that plan was thwarted after inclement weather in Detroit resulted in a postponement. Beginning Wednesday, the Tigers will begin a stretch of six games in five games, but Hinch apparently isn't planning on adding a sixth starter to the mix. Instead, the skipper is hopeful that with an abbreviated outing Wednesday, Fulmer will be ready to start on three days' rest in Sunday's series finale versus the Royals.

April 20, 2021 05:32 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Start pushed to Wednesday
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Fulmer's scheduled start Tuesday was postponed and he will start Game 1 of a doubleheader Wednesday against the Pirates.

Fulmer will get an extra day of rest and will have a better chance of securing a win in a seven-inning game Wednesday. He will pitch opposite Tyler Anderson.

April 15, 2021 12:04 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Earns first win since 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fulmer (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits across five innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Astros. He walked one and struck out two.

Fulmer was solid if not spectacular against a potent Houston lineup, and it earned the righty his first win in the majors since 2018. It's been a long road back for Fulmer, who missed all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery then logged only 27.2 innings last season as the Tigers eased him back into action. With Julio Teheran (shoulder) on the 60-day injured list, Fulmer could stick in the rotation for a bit, though Spencer Turnbull's return from the COVID-19 injured list will complicate matters. For now, Fulmer is lined up to start again Tuesday against Pittsburgh, and he'll look to build on this positive outing.

April 12, 2021 01:08 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Will replace Teheran in rotation
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Fulmer is slated to start Wednesday's game in Houston, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Though Derek Holland received the first chance to replace the injured Julio Teheran (shoulder) in the rotation earlier this weekend in Cleveland, he failed to capitalize on the opportunity, working only 2.2 innings while giving up three runs on four hits. Fulmer, meanwhile, thrived as a mop-up man behind Holland, striking out five over four innings of one-run ball. On the heels of that impressive relief outing, Fulmer will get the starting nod over Holland, but he may need another strong showing versus Houston to guarantee himself future turns through the rotation. The Tigers will eventually return Spencer Turnbull from the COVID-19 injured list, and he could end up bumping one of Fulmer or youngsters Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal from the rotation.

April 10, 2021 01:16 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Pitches four innings in relief
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Fulmer pitched four innings in relief during Friday's loss to Cleveland. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out five.

Julio Teheran (shoulder) was scratched from his start Friday and subsequently placed on the 10-day injured list, so the Tigers made it a bullpen game started by Derek Holland. Fulmer pitched the final four innings of the contest, and it's noteworthy because the righty never went beyond three innings last season, which was his first year back after Tommy John surgery. Fulmer looked good in the longer appearance, and while he's currently in the Detroit bullpen, he could work his way back into the rotation at some point.

April 5, 2021 01:52 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Records first hold Saturday
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Fulmer pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout to record a hold in Saturday's win over Cleveland.

Fulmer has been moved to the bullpen to start 2021, and his first relief appearance of the season was a success. The righty could still work his way back into the rotation at some point, but he didn't pitch very deep into games last season in his return from Tommy John surgery, and it doesn't look like he'll do so in the early going this year.

March 26, 2021 10:36 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Beginning season in bullpen
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Fulmer will open the season as a reliever for the Tigers, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

The 28-year-old was competing for a spot at the back end of Detroit's starting rotation, but he'll instead open the season in the bullpen. Fulmer has exclusively operated as a starter during his four years in the big leagues, but he's now set to serve in a multi-inning role as a reliever.

March 21, 2021 05:20 PM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Looks better Sunday
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Fulmer pitched three scoreless innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. He allowed one hit and struck out three.

Fulmer had allowed 10 earned runs across four innings in his previous two spring appearances, so Sunday's performance was a welcome change. The righty still has a 10.00 ERA in Grapefruit League play, and he's no lock for the rotation this year, as the Tigers have some decisions to make with players such as Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and non-roster invitee Julio Teheran. Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull should have rotation spots set in stone, though the latter is expected to be out the rest of camp due to COVID-19 protocols and could miss a turn or two early in the season.

March 19, 2021 12:16 AM
Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Option for bullpen
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Fulmer could end up in Detroit's bullpen depending on which pitchers make the Opening Day roster, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Fulmer was exclusively a starter last season, though he never went beyond three innings in a start in his first year back after Tommy John surgery. However, the Tigers have a handful of options for the back of their rotation, including youngsters Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, as well as non-roster invitee Julio Teheran. Matthew Boyd, Spencer Turnbull and Jose Urena also should be locked into rotation spots. Mize and Skubal could both start the season in the minors, but if they don't, Fulmer might get squeezed from the rotation to make room.

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Oklahoma City, OK
Detroit Tigers

MLB Experience:

2016: AL Rookie of the Year