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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 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

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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

Mike Pelfrey will take the suspended Ervin Santana's spot in the Twins' rotation.

Pelfrey holds a 1.15 ERA over 15 2/3 innings this spring but had been slated for relief duty after losing out on the No. 5 job to Tommy Milone. He'll now get his chance to start for a while, but given his 5.56 ERA in his first 34 starts for Minnesota, we're not optimistic. Trevor May will be on standby if Pelfrey stumbles.
Apr 3 - 4:51 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched a perfect inning Sunday in his first appearance since being shifted to the pen.

It's not surprising Pelfrey was upset about his move to the pen, given that it seemed he'd get every shot to keep his rotation spot and he pitched effectively, with a 1.32 ERA this spring. However, he has a much better shot of being useful to the Twins as a reliever than he did as a starter. Hopefully, he embraces the switch in time.
Mar 29 - 5:20 PM

Mike Pelfrey expressed unhappiness Saturday that he's being moved to the bullpen.

The veteran right-hander said Saturday that he was, "kind of disappointed, frustrated, a little upset" over the move. He had been told that there would be an open competition for the final spot in the rotation, and Pelfrey doesn't believe that he was outpitched by Tommy Milone. It's unclear if the Twins will seek a trade for the disgruntled hurler, or attempt to smooth things over.
Mar 28 - 9:42 AM

Mike Pelfrey yielded two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

Pelfrey walked two, struck out two and gave up a homer to Cody Asche, so it wasn't a very good FIP day. However, he got 10 outs on the ground, compared to just two through the air, and that's pretty much the key to any moderate success he might experience this year. He's probably going to be named the Twins' fifth starter.
Mar 23 - 4:35 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched four innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Pelfrey struck out three and went without a walk for the third straight outings. That might be a good sign for a guy who walked 18 batters in 23 2/3 innings last year before getting hurt. He's going to be the Twins' fifth starter if this keeps up.
Mar 18 - 4:05 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen Thursday versus the Marlins.

He allowed two hits and struck out two. Pelfrey will almost certainly serve as the Twins' fifth starter with a successful spring. It'd be good news for the rest of the AL Central.
Mar 12 - 4:45 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Jordan Schafer
2Shane Robinson
3Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Trevor May
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6J.R. Graham
7Aaron Thompson
8Ryan Pressly
9Michael Tonkin