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Mike Pelfrey | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wichita State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (9) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Sunday that despite his extreme ineffectiveness, Mike Pelfrey will remain a part of the Tigers rotation for the time being.
Pelfrey, who was inked to a head-scratching two-year, $16 million contract in the offseason, owns a 5.68 ERA and cringe-inducing 2.05 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings in his first five starts. With Michael Fulmer having pitched well in his first start, it may only be a matter of time before Pelfrey is squeezed out of a rotation spot. Keep an eye on his situation when Shane Greene and/or Daniel Norris are deemed ready to return. May 1 - 9:40 PM
Source: Detroit News

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Mike Pelfrey pitched poorly in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday, yielding five runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.

In a contest that won't be shown on an instructional pitching video any time soon, Pelfrey matched Twins starter Ricky Nolasco with five runs allowed. The Twins nicked Pelfrey for a pair of RBI singles in the first inning and would add an additional three runs in the bottom of the fifth -- all of which scored after Pelfrey had left the contest. They counted on the veteran's line anyway. Baseball is a cruel mistress. Avoid avoid avoid in fantasy. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule, though that could end with disastrous consequence given the way Pelfrey has pitched of late.
May 1 - 5:57 PM

Mike Pelfrey was Mike Pelfrey-esque again Tuesday, allowing five runs over 6 2/3 frames in a loss to the Athletics.

Pelfrey was actually in line for a quality start with two outs in the seventh inning, but a Marcus Semien two-run homer ended that. That Pelfrey is 0-4 with a 4.64 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 9/12 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings isn't a surprise. The surprise remains why the Tigers signed him in the first place. He'll face the Twins this weekend.
Apr 26 - 10:16 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs -- three earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.

Pelfrey was lucky to get off as easy as he did, as the Royals banged out eight hits and drew five walks during his tenure. He's now walked 12 on the season to just eight strikeouts, good for a 2.18 WHIP despite a more respectable 3.68 ERA. It all adds up to an 0-3 record, a record he'll look to improve upon Tuesday against the Athletics.
Apr 21 - 10:36 PM

Mike Pelfrey managed to dance through raindrops and avoid trouble in Friday's loss to the Astros, surrendering just one run on five hits over his six frames.

Pelfrey also issued six free passes on the evening while striking out three. Somehow though, he managed to make key pitches when he needed to most and was able to keep the Astros mostly at bay despite the heavy traffic on the bases. The chances of him surviving the season in the Tigers rotation remain slim and he should continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes for Friday's start against the Royals in Kansas City.
Apr 15 - 10:57 PM

Mike Pelfrey was obliterated in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering six runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work.

Pelfrey walked one and struck out three in the brief outing. The Yankees scratched out single runs in the first and second inning, then broke the game open and chased Pelfrey with a four-run uprising in the fourth. Pelfrey remains an underwhelming option in all fantasy formats for Thursday's start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Apr 9 - 4:31 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched five scoreless innings for the second straight outing Thursday as the Tigers topped the Cardinals 5-4.

Pelfrey, the Tigers' fourth starter, has allowed three runs -- two earned - in 15 1/3 innings this spring. We wouldn't recommend getting overly excited.
Mar 17 - 4:35 PM

Mike Pelfrey fired five shutout innings Saturday in the Tigers' 3-0 Grapefruit League win over the Pirates.

Pelfrey gave up one double and three singles but worked efficiently in the five-inning outing. It was a nice bounceback after his rough turn Monday versus the Mets. The veteran right-hander will likely open the 2016 season as the Tigers' fifth starter but can go mostly ignored in standard fantasy leagues. He had a 4.26 ERA and 4.7 K/9 last year with the Twins.
Mar 12 - 4:16 PM

Mike Pelfrey was perfect for three innings against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Obviously, the Tigers were right to sign Pelfrey to a two-year, $16 million deal after all. We're sorry we ever doubted them.
Mar 2 - 5:10 PM

Tigers signed RHP Mike Pelfrey to a two-year, $16 million contract.

The two sides agreed on the deal earlier in the week and Pelfrey passed his physical on Saturday. It may be a bit of an overpay to commit to a pitcher coming off a season where he posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, but the Tigers definitely to add quality arms and depth to the back end of their rotation, and Pelfrey should be around a league-average hurler and eat innings for them.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Jason Beck of reports that the Tigers will announce the Mike Pelfrey signing at the Winter Meetings on Sunday.

The deal is believed to be a two-year, $16 million deal. The veteran right-hander will be counted on to eat innings at the back end of the Tigers rotation.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Mike Pelfrey has passed his physical and his two-year pact with the Tigers could be announced as early as Sunday.

The deal as reported would be for two years and $16 million. With the gobs of money that have been thrown around in the starting pitching market the past 24 hours, perhaps some will overlook what on the surface looks to be an overpay on the Tigers end for a mediocre rotation filler.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 04:00:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers "will have a deal in place with Mike Pelfrey soon."

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that it's a two-year, $16 million contract. Pelfrey figures to hold down the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation after they got their bigger-ticket item in Jordan Zimmermann. The right-hander held a 4.26 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 86/45 K/BB ratio over 164 2/3 innings for the Twins this past season.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:13:00 AM

Mike Pelfrey surrendered four runs in 1 2/3 innings, losing Wednesday's start to the Indians.

A solid outing from Pelfrey would have knocked the Indians out of AL Wild Card contention. Instead, he was taken for four runs in the second inning before exiting with two outs. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out one in the abbreviated outing. Pelfrey has a 4.26 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and an 86/45 K/BB ratio over 164 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:56:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey was outstanding in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, allowing just one run on six hits over his five innings.

Pelfrey racked up seven strikeouts on the night and didn't issue a walk. He departed with a 4-1 lead and in line to earn his seventh victory, but the Twins bullpen was unable to oblige. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.09 ERA and 1.44 WHIP when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Thursday.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:47:00 PM

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