Loser: Mike Pelfrey
Many fans (you may or may not have been one of them) were perplexed by the signing for a number of reasons. However, some folks –including yours truly— thought there was reason for optimism regarding Pelfrey in the Detroit rotation.
The former Twin was victimized by extremely poor defense in Minnesota. Pelfrey had the third-highest BABIP in the league last season, and his FIP (4.00) was 0.26 lower than his actual ERA.
Then Saturday happened.
In 3.2 innings, the 32-year-old was hit hard by the Yankees. New York collected eight hits and a walk, while giving up a staggering six runs. He obviously wasn’t able to get through four innings, and the bullpen was leaned on.
Things can get better with Pelfrey, but Saturday’s start certainly didn’t do him any favors. Detroit’s defense should provide him with much better support.
In the long run, he’ll need to pitch at much higher level to maintain his rotation spot. Shane Greene was excellent in Spring Training and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. What’s more, Matt Boyd, Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris will all be knocking on the door at some point.
It also could have just been a bad start. Time will tell.