Without many other options to choose from, as injuries are piling up and not much depth exists on the 40-man roster to offset, Carson Fulmer is set to start Tuesday night’s matchup against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He is looking to get the White Sox back on track after losing Monday night’s game in heartbreaking fashion and dropping two of three in a disappointing series against Texas.
Fulmer is trying to get back on track as well, as he has been up and down between the major leagues and AAA Charlotte during his tenure with the White Sox. This will be Fulmer’s first start this season. He is currently 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA over 11.1 innings pitched in nine relief appearances at the major league level. He was exclusively used in the bullpen at AAA as well, where he was the owner of a 1-0 record to go along with a 3.97 ERA across 22.2 innings pitched, striking out 32 while walking 13. In 13 career major league starts, he has gone 4-5 with a 6.70 ERA.
With Fulmer being the “opener” for the game, he doesn’t figure to go very long in this outing barring any in-game changes. When the White Sox used an opener back in May vs. the Astros, Ryan Burr lasted two innings in a 3-0 defeat. This precedent looks to be continued as Fulmer will likely only see the dangerous Red Sox’s lineup once, maybe twice. Oddly enough, Fulmer is statistically better as a starter the second and third time through the order than the first.
The sample sizes are different, but this is still interesting to note seeing as most starters get worse each time through the order.
Ricky Renteria would gladly welcome another bullpen day resulting in only three runs being surrendered, as each member of the starting rotation not named Lucas Giolito has been a major disappointment.
With Fulmer’s alma mater Vanderbilt in the College World Series Finals, hopefully he can recreate some of the magic that he stirred up during his time in Nashville. It’s pitching like this that lead the White Sox to draft “Filthy Fulmer” eighth overall in the 2015 draft:
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