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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
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Mike Pelfrey struggled again but managed to pick up a win Tuesday, allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-4 victory over the Marlins.
Pelfrey gave up a whopping 12 hits and walked a batter, striking out only one. But, the Tigers came through with a seven-run fifth inning to put the righty on the positive side of the decision. Pelfrey will carry a predictably awful 5.02 ERA and 1.74 WHIP into Tampa this weekend. Jun 28 - 11:16 PM

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Mike Pelfrey allowed six runs on 12 hits over five innings in a no-decision Monday against the Mariners.

Pelfrey somehow escaped taking the loss, but it continues to amaze that the Tigers trot out a batting practice pitcher every fifth day in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. The right-hander now has a 5.19 ERA and 1.76 WHIP through 14 starts, and he's just 1-7 on the year. He'll take on the Indians on Saturday.
Jun 20 - 11:46 PM

Mike Pelfrey actually delivered a decent outing in Friday's loss to the Yankees, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Pelfrey walked five and struck out two on the night. It looked as though it would be a disaster, as the Yankees struck for three runs in the first inning, but the veteran right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards and keep his team in the ballgame. Now 1-6 on the season, he'll look to improve upon a disastrous 5.23 ERA and unthinkable 1.73 WHIP when he does battle against the White Sox in Chicago on Wednesday.
Jun 10 - 10:33 PM

Mike Pelfrey held the White Sox to two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a victory.

Detroit's offense managed nine hits and four runs against White Sox ace Chris Sale and Pelfrey did his job on the other end, yielding only five hits over six solid frames. He's now 1-5 on the year with a 4.76 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings. Next is a road start at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 4 - 7:37 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed three (unearned) runs in 5 2/3 innings Sunday as the Tigers fell to the A's.

Pelfrey was cruising until the bottom of the sixth, when Yonder Alonso reached on an Ian Kinsler fielding error and plated Danny Valencia. Billy Butler would then crank a two-run single to right. Pelfrey now stands 0-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 52 2/3 innings (10 starts) this season. He should not be rostered in a standard mixed fantasy league.
May 29 - 7:03 PM

Mike Pelfrey yielded four runs on 11 hits over six innings to take a no-decision in Monday's 5-4 win over the Phillies.

He recorded three strikeouts and didn't walk anyone. The 11 hits Pelfrey surrendered was a season-high, and he remains winless on the season. Pelfrey will carry a 5.55 ERA into Oakland this weekend.
May 23 - 10:53 PM

Mike Pelfrey yielded two runs over 5 1/3 frames and took a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-2 victory over the Twins.

As is often the case, it wasn't pretty with Pelfrey, as he gave up seven hits -- including a pair of solo homers -- while walking one and striking out just three. However, he did enough to keep them in the game and the Tigers' offense eventually exploded with a seven-run seventh inning. Pelfrey will carry a 5.49 ERA into next week's start versus the Phillies.
May 17 - 11:56 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings but took a no-decision Thursday against the Orioles.

Pelfrey only pitches well roughly once a month, so it was disappointing to see it come against a quality opponent with nothing to show for it. The right-hander gave up five hits and two walks while striking out five before exiting. With the no-decision, he remains at 0-4 with a less-awful 5.80 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. The 32-year-old will keep chasing that first win Tuesday against the Twins.
May 13 - 12:38 AM

Mike Pelfrey continued to get demolished in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday, allowing five runs on seven hits over his five-plus innings.

The right-hander punched out three and didn't allow a walk on the afternoon. The Rangers jumped on him right out of the gate, with Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara blasting back-to-back home runs to start the ballgame. Adrian Beltre added a two-run shot to chase him from the game in the fifth. Somehow he manages to stick in the Tigers rotation despite a comical 7.42 ERA and 1.98 WHIP. Continue stacking against him in daily fantasy leagues when he takes on the Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday.
May 7 - 4:32 PM

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.
Source: Detroit News
May 1 - 9:40 PM

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Warwick Saupold
8Anibal Sanchez
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon
11Dustin Molleken