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Mike Pelfrey | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wichita State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (9) / NYM
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Mike Pelfrey gave up two runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-5 win over the Braves on Saturday.
He has a chance to grab the fifth rotation slot in Detroit but so far has been unable to capitalize on the opportunity. He is sitting on a 7.11 ERA through 12 2/3 innings of spring action. Anibal Sanchez has done his best to pitch himself out of the rotation but Pelfrey hasn't been much better. He spent most of last season in the rotation and turned in a 4-10 record with a 5.07 ERA in 24 games (22 starts). Mar 18 - 6:16 PM

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Mike Pelfrey was perfect for three innings out of the pen Sunday against the Mets.

Pelfrey entered with a 12.00 ERA in six innings for the spring. He can't be ruled out of the Tigers' rotation mix just yet, as Anibal Sanchez has been dreadful and Matt Boyd has been merely OK. Still, it'd be best for the Tigers if someone besides Pelfrey won the gig.
Mar 12 - 4:02 PM

Mike Pelfrey was lit up for five runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Orioles on Monday.

Pelfrey got through two innings without incident, but he gave up five hits to six batters finally being lifted in the third. With a rotation spot seemingly unlikely, the Tigers will have to decide at the end of the spring whether to carry him as a middle reliever or simply eat his $8 million salary.
Mar 6 - 4:50 PM

Mike Pelfrey gave up two runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Nationals.

Pelfrey walked two and struck out none. Even though he's making $8 million this spring, he'll need to do a whole lot better than this in order to beat out Anibal Sanchez and Matt Boyd for a rotation spot.
Mar 1 - 5:26 PM

Mike Pelfrey lost 25 pounds during the offseason.

Pelfrey wants to regain flexibility, so he's hoping to lose even more weight this spring. He's doing what he can, but his role is in question right now. The veteran right-hander posted a rough 5.07 ERA in his first season with Detroit. He's owed $8 million this year.
Feb 15 - 10:11 AM

Making his return from the disabled list, Mike Pelfrey lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up four runs Thursday in a loss to the Twins.

Pelfrey has been about as effective as expected this year, going 4-10 with a 5.00 ERA. The Tigers are wishing they weren't on the hook for another $8 million here in 2017.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (back) will be on a 60-pitch limit when he starts against the Twins on Thursday.

Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list with a lower back strain at the beginning of August. His start on Thursday figures to be a short one unless he is incredibly efficient with his 60 pitches. Given that he held a 4.76 ERA and 1.72 WHIP prior to the back woes, there is no fantasy intrigue here.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 08:50:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (back) will start Thursday against the Twins.

Pelfrey was activated from the disabled list last week after missing a month with a lower back strain, but he has yet to make an appearance. This is strictly a spot-start and he can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.76 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 115 1/3 innings this season.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (back) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.

He'll throw another one Sunday and then progress to a simulated game early next week. Pelfrey isn't far off from a rehab assignment.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (back) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment in 7-10 days.

Pelfrey had been shut down for two weeks due to a lower back strain, but he's feeling better now and will aim to return to the Tigers before the end of August. The veteran right-hander has registered a 4.76 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 115 1/3 innings this season with Detroit.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 04:00:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Mike Pelfrey's back "remain[ed] locked up" as of Wednesday.

Pelfrey was just placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a lower back strain, so it isn't a huge surprise that he has yet to loosen up. Until the veteran right-hander's strain has subsided by degrees, he won't be taking part in baseball activities.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 08:50:00 PM

Tigers placed RHP Mike Pelfrey on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Pelfrey left his last start Sunday against the Astros after experiencing discomfort in his back and an MRI taken this week showed the strain. The right-hander hits the disabled list with a 4.76 ERA and 1.72 WHIP.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 10:42:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey is set to undergo an MRI exam after leaving Sunday's game due to his back tightening up.

Pelfrey was lifted after five scoreless innings on Sunday due to the back issue. The Tigers have dealt with a wide array of injuries in their rotation this season, and even though Pelfrey is terrible, his loss for any length of time would be difficult to absorb at the moment.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 05:02:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey kept the Astros off the scoreboard in Sunday's blowout victory, tossing five innings of shutout ball.

Pelfrey would have had to try hard to lose this one, as the Tigers jumped on Dallas Keuchel for a six-run first inning. Pitching with that massive lead for the rest of the contest, he finished out having allowed just four hits over his five shutout frames. Despite this fine work, he holds a dreadful 4.76 ERA and 1.72 WHIP for the season as a whole. He can be safely avoided in most fantasy formats. A home start against the Mets awaits him next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs over 1 2/3 innings against the Royals before being removed Saturday.

Pelfrey actually retired the first batter he faced before the next six reached. The Royals scored four runs in the first inning and added another in the second before Pelfrey exited. He'd actually pitched pretty well in two previous starts, but Pelfrey now owns a 4.95 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 19 appearances. The White Sox will get the next shot at Pelfrey on Thursday.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 11:26:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Mike Pelfrey
7Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Kyle Ryan
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy