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Mike Pelfrey | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Pelfrey struggled in Saturday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.
The Astros broke through with a run in the first, then posted three more in the fourth to drive Pelfrey from the game. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.85 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He allows his share of runners on base, but to this point, the lackluster WHIP hasn't come back to bite him. He'll try to keep it that way in a road rematch with the Astros next Friday. Aug 29 - 10:41 PM

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Mike Pelfrey pitched unevenly in a Sunday no-decision against the Orioles, allowing three runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Pelfrey struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. While the Orioles managed just three runs against him, it could have been far worse given the nine hits he served up. All three runs came home courtesy of one Mr. Jonathan Schoop, who notched an RBI single in the third and a two-run single in the fifth. While Pelfrey might just sneak through the season with an ERA under 4.00 (he currently holds a 3.69 mark against a 1.42 WHIP), he should count himself lucky considering the number of hitters he routinely lets on base. A home start against the Astros is upcoming for the veteran.
Aug 23 - 6:21 PM

Mike Pelfrey held the Yankees to one run in 5 1/3 innings, getting a no-decision as the Twins dropped Tuesday's game.

Pelfrey allowed an RBI single to Greg Bird in the fourth inning, accounting for the only run. It was one of five hits he gave up along with a walk and four strikeouts. Pelfrey is currently in the midst of his best season since 2010, holding a 3.62 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and a 66/39 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. He'll look to hop back in the win column in his next start, a road match versus the Orioles.
Aug 18 - 10:47 PM

Mike Pelfrey gave up only one run in seven innings, earning the win as the Twins trampled the Rangers 11-1 on Wednesday.

The Twins had staked Pelfrey to an 11-0 lead after five innings, but he relented a run on a Prince Fielder single in the sixth. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four in an easy evening of work. The inconsistent right-hander now has a 3.91 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a 62/38 K/BB ratio over 129 innings. Pelfrey will toe the rubber at Yankee Stadium next week.
Aug 12 - 11:25 PM

Mike Pelfrey could not hold a big lead in Friday's contest with the Indians, yielding seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings

The Twins gifted Pelfrey with a six-run third inning, but he immediately coughed up four runs of his own in the bottom of the frame, plus an additional two in the fourth that chased him from the contest. He struck out just two and issued one walk--said walk coming with the bases loaded in the third. Pelfrey's been far from bulletproof this season, but he's dodged enough bullets to hold a 4.06 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. That ERA's likely to continue to rise until he stops putting runners on base. Up next on the docket, a home start against the Rangers on Thursday afternoon.
Aug 7 - 10:40 PM

Mike Pelfrey was superb in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday, allowing no runs and just four hits over eight innings in the team's 4-1, 11-inning loss.

Pelfrey struck out three and walked one while scattering four hits over eight shutout innings. In most universes, this would result in a win. In our universe, it resulted in a no-decision, as neither team scored until the ninth inning (at which point, both teams notched solo homers to drive the game to extras). Pelfrey's succeeded despite a 1.40 WHIP, posting a 3.65 ERA across 118 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep fighting against that big WHIP number when he takes to the road to face the Indians in his next scheduled start.
Aug 2 - 6:22 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Pelfrey gave up five hits and walked two in the outing. He kept the Pirates off the board until the fifth inning but didn't stick around long enough to factor in the decision. With the no-decision, Pelfrey remains without a win since June 7. He'll take a 5-7 record, 3.92 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into Sunday's tilt with the Mariners.
Jul 28 - 11:57 PM

Mike Pelfrey took the loss Wednesday against the Angels by coughing up four runs (two earned) in six innings.

The good news is that Pelfrey pitched much better than he has been recently. The bad news is that the threshold for us saying so was the barroom floor. Pelfrey entered this evening 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA in his last six starts. He'd been particularly ineffective away from spacious Target Field, going 0-2 with a 17.69 ERA in his last three road outings. Though we'd usually suggest avoiding the right-hander in fantasy until he pulls himself out of this tailspin, AL-only owners will probably be interested in his Pittsburgh/Seattle two-start week on deck.
Jul 23 - 1:14 AM

Mike Pelfrey pitched inconsistently in Saturday's no-decision against the Royals, yielding three runs on seven hits over four-plus innings.

In addition to the seven hits allowed, Pelfrey also walked three batters in what was generally just an off start. The three runs on his line all scored to open the fifth inning. After a fantastic start to the season, Pelfrey's numbers have gradually started to slide and with a WHIP of 1.49, it's likely that his 3.98 ERA still has some upward movement in store for it. He'll continue his fight against the ravages of numerical inevitability in a home start against the Tigers next time he takes the ball.
Jul 4 - 11:02 PM

Mike Pelfrey was hammered for eight runs in two-plus innings of work, earning the loss on Monday against the Reds.

Pelfrey allowed three runs in the first inning and one in the second, then allowed the first four hitters he faced in the third inning to reach base before departing. They all came around to score. Pelfrey gave up nine hits overall while walking three and striking out one. It marks the third time in his last four starts that he has allowed at least nine hits, and he's given up eight runs in two of those four starts. Pelfrey will bring an escalating 3.81 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and a 42/29 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings into a weekend start in Kansas City against the Royals.
Jun 29 - 11:11 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed 10 hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings Tuesday, taking the loss against the White Sox.

Pelfrey actually did well to escape with only three runs allowed, given that he allowed 10 hits and walked three on the evening. The start was his third this season in which he's given up double-digit hits. Even with the loss, Pelfrey remains 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 14 starts. The big right-hander will take on the Reds on Monday in an interleague tilt his next time out.
Jun 23 - 11:20 PM

Mike Pelfrey was fantastic in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Thursday, hurling eight innings of one-run ball in his club's 2-1 victory.

Pelfrey was coming off a horrific start against the Rangers in which he surrendered eight runs in 3 2/3 innings, but he was brilliant in Thursday's match-up with the Cardinals. He allowed just four hits while striking out three and walking one. It took until the seventh inning for the Cards to break the spell, which they did via a solo home run by Jason Heyward. A game-tying homer by Joe Mauer an inning later took him off the hook for a potential loss. Pelfrey now holds a 2.97 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. It's good to see the WHIP drop under 1.30. A home start against the rival White Sox shows up next on the schedule.
Jun 18 - 4:13 PM

Mike Pelfrey tossed his worst start of the season in a 11-7 loss to the Rangers on Saturday, yielding eight runs on 11 hits over just 3 2/3 innings.

Pelfrey entered the game with a fantastic 2.28 ERA, having allowed just three runs over his last 28 innings. He allowed four times that in 3 2/3 innings against the Rangers. A six-run fourth inning ultimately drove Pelfrey from the game. He'll lick his wounds, caress his current 3.18 ERA (and 1.36 WHIP) and hope that this isn't the start of his transformation into a pumpkin. A home start against the Cardinals is up next for Pelfrey, which probably doesn't bode well for the pitcher.
Jun 13 - 9:37 PM

Mike Pelfrey continued his strong season in a 2-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday, hurling eight innings without allowing a run.

Pelfrey scattered eight hits while striking out seven and walking one. He's now allowed just three runs over his last 28 innings. Pelfrey's season has been somewhat like the shark in 'Jaws.' You don't realize how effective he's been until the numbers are right on top of you. He doesn't strike out many batters (34/19 K/BB ratio over 67 innings) and his 2.28 ERA probably isn't sustainable, but Pelfrey owners should be thrilled with the results given that none of us saw this coming. He'll look to toss a fourth straight quality start when he takes to the road for a face-off with the Rangers in his next scheduled outing.
Jun 7 - 5:26 PM

Mike Pelfrey was handed an unfortunate loss, yielding only one run to the Red Sox over seven innings on Tuesday.

Pelfrey and opposing starter Clay Buchholz were trading zeroes for much of the inning. The Red Sox rallied for a lone run in Pelfrey's final inning thanks to a Xander Bogaerts double and a Rusney Castillo single. They were two of only six hits allowed along with a pair of walks and one strikeout. Pelfrey has been a surprise contributor to the upstart Twins, carrying a 2.59 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 27/18 K/BB ratio over 59 innings. He'll face the Brewers at home in his next trip to the mound.
Jun 2 - 9:38 PM

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3B1Trevor Plouffe
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S1Phil Hughes
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