White Sox: Five Takeaways from Series Against Orioles
Carson Fulmer Pitched Two Scoreless Innings
The 2015 first round pick for the White Sox hasn’t had consistent success since being called up from Double-A. On Sunday, the White Sox would need the bullpen to cover 8.2 innings as Shields was shelled early by the Orioles.
Fulmer entered the game in the top of fifth inning with one out to spare. The rookie was able to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings, and lowered his ERA to 9.35. Fulmer has had trouble consistently finding the plate since being called up, but his outing on Sunday showed why the White Sox drafted him with the eight overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
The White Sox needed a solid appearance from Fulmer as he struggled with his command in an appearance against the Cubs on July 27. In that game, Fulmer gave up four earned runs as he allowed four walks against the Cubs. Fulmer’s ERA ballooned to 17.18 after the outing, but he’s been decreasing his ERA with each outing. Before his appearance on Sunday, Fulmer had given up just two earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched.
Fulmer will need more appearances like Sunday in order to carry positive momentum into next season. The White Sox needed Fulmer because of a depleted bullpen, and the 22-year old pitcher is practically learning on the fly in the major leagues. If Fulmer can harness his control on the mound, he could certainly become an asset for the White Sox moving forward.