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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 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

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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

Mike Pelfrey allowed just one run over seven innings of work Tuesday, helping the Twins to squeak by the Red Sox 2-1.

Pelfrey allowed a second inning RBI single by Mike Napoli, but he was otherwise stellar in the outing. The right-hander yielded just five hits and a walk in total, striking out four. The win ran his record to 4-1, and Pelfrey owns a 2.77 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through nine starts. He'll have a shot at duplicating his success when the two clubs square off again Monday at Fenway Park.
May 27 - 1:11 AM

Mike Pelfrey allowed only one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates as the Twins pulled out a 13-inning victory on Wednesday.

The only damage came in the first inning when Starling Marte doubled in Neil Walker. Pelfrey gave up a mere five hits on the evening while walking none and striking out five. An afterthought in the Twins' initial rotation plans, the right-hander has pitched remarkably well over eight starts, sporting a 3.00 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 22/15 K/BB ratio over 45 innings. The mediocre K/BB ratio makes us apprehensive to trust Pelfrey over the long haul. He'll take on the Red Sox at home next.
May 20 - 11:17 PM

Mike Pelfrey received his first loss of the season after surrendering five runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers on Thursday.

Pelfrey had jumped out of the gates to a 3-0 start on the season, but that nice streak ground to a halt Thursday afternoon. The Tigers got to him early, scoring three runs in the first inning and never relinquishing the lead in a game they would win 13-1. Pelfrey gave up 10 hits while striking out one and walking two. His low strikeout rate (17/14 K/BB ratio in 39 innings) becomes a legitimate handicap when he's allowing runners on base. He'll try to move back into the win column in his next start, when he takes his 3.23 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into a road contest against the Pirates.
May 14 - 4:13 PM

Mike Pelfrey remained perfect on the season, improving to 3-0 with seven innings of two-run ball against the Indians on Friday.

Pelfrey scattered six hits, walked two and didn't strike out a batter in the contest. The second inning was his only sticky spot. In that frame, Carlos Santana hit an RBI double and Lonnie Chisenhall added an RBI single. That's all the Indians could muster against Pelfrey. With the 9-3 win, the Twins moved to a surprising 17-13 for the year. As for Pelfrey himself, the pitcher's off to a 3-0 start and boasts a 2.62 ERA. His 16/12 K/BB over 34 1/3 innings doesn't look quite as shiny. He'll take on the Tigers in his next start.
May 9 - 12:22 AM

Mike Pelfrey surrendered two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Sunday.

While two runs isn't the worst thing in the world, diving a little deeper into Pelfrey's game reveals a rather disturbing fourth inning. After allowing a walk and a single, Pelfrey hit Alexei Ramirez to load the bases. Pelfrey would then proceed to hit two more batters to force in two runs before he was yanked with one out. The White Sox wouldn't manage another run in the frame, which is probably due to the fact that Pelfrey wasn't there to plunk anybody. The early exit also undoubtedly preserved Pelfrey's ERA. In his last relatively healthy season back in 2013, Pelfrey posted a 5.19 ERA. He's boasting a 2.63 mark to go with a 1.24 WHIP in 2015. Make of that what you will. Pelfrey will try to keep it going against the Indians in his next start.
May 3 - 5:51 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched seven strong innings Tuesday, limiting the Tigers to two runs -- one earned -- in the Twins' 3-2 win.

Pelfrey held the Tigers to just three hits and two walks while striking out seven on the evening. It was the third straight start in which he's allowed one earned run or fewer, moving him to 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA on the year. This is the same pitcher who had a 7.99 ERA in five starts in 2014. Pelfrey will attempt to keep up the good work Sunday against the White Sox.
Apr 28 - 11:33 PM

Mike Pelfrey tossed seven terrific innings to shut down the Royals in a win on Wednesday.

The right-hander scattered five hits and two walks while striking out four on the evening. Pelfrey lost out on a rotation spot at the end of spring training but was moved in when Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. Over three starts, the results have been good, as he carries a 2.65 ERA. His 8/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings, however, will need to improve if the success will be long-lasting. Pelfrey will have a tough match-up his next time out as he'll take on the Tigers at home.
Apr 22 - 10:58 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed one run over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

The only run scored on a wild pitch in his final inning of work. It wasn't as strong of an outing as it appeared, as Pelfrey walked four batters while striking out just two. Still, the Twins will take it. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA through two starts and will get the Royals next week. He's not a fantasy option.
Apr 18 - 12:57 AM

Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Pelfrey was given an early 4-0 lead, but quickly squandered it. All told, he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and one walk while striking out two. The veteran right-hander was originally expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but he got a second chance in the rotation after Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. We have seen enough from him in recent years to know that this isn't going to go well.
Apr 11 - 5:40 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Eduardo Escobar
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
2Eddie Rosario
3Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Trevor May
7Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Blaine Boyer
5Alex Meyer
6Aaron Thompson
7Ryan Pressly
8J.R. Graham