Detroit Tigers fans will reportedly see Michael Fulmer and Mike Pelfrey start on Wednesday for the team. Half of the Tigers will host Washington, while the rest of the team will play away to Toronto.
Detroit Tigers players returned to Spring Training action on Monday against Atlanta.
Jordan Zimmermann kicked things off for Detroit, throwing two innings while allowing just two hits and a run.
The duo combine to give up eight hits, five runs and a walk in two innings, with each pitcher logging a frame.
In the end, the Tigers’ reserve players eventually dug the team out of the hole, as Detroit went on to win the game by a final score of 10-7 over the National League East club.
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The team returns to action Tuesday on the road against the Yankees before playing two games on Wednesday.
Half the club will host the Washington Nationals in Lakeland, while the rest of the Tigers hit the road to match up with the Blue Jays.
Now, according to the latest report from the Detroit Free Press’ Anthony Fenech, we know who will start for the Tigers in both games.
Fenech tweeted on Monday afternoon:
"“For Wednesday’s split-squad games, Mike Pelfrey will start against the Nationals and Michael Fulmer will start at the Blue Jays.”"
Both Fulmer and Pelfrey were relied upon as starting pitchers last season, making a combined 48 starts between them.
Fulmer accounted for 26 of those starts, and was easily the more successful.
In 159 innings, the former New York Mets farmhand notched a 3.0 WAR, 7.47 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.06 ERA.
He also posted an 11-7 record en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Moving forward in 2017, Fulmer is expected to frontline the rotation alongside Justin Verlander.
Long-term, he looks like the future Hall of Famer’s eventual successor as Detroit’s ace.
Pelfrey meanwhile struggled mightily in 119 innings.
In 22 starts and a pair of relief outings, the veteran only struck out 4.24 batters per nine frames.
To go along with a low strikeout rate, Pelfrey also turned in a 1.731 WHIP while allowing 12.1 hits per nine innings.
Pitching on an expiring contract—according to Spotrac—Pelfrey is likely a depth option for the Detroit Tigers heading into the 2017 season.