Carson Fulmer allowed just one hit in a relief appearance for the White Sox. He pitched 2.2 scoreless innings against Cleveland.
Carson Fulmer pitched 2.2 scoreless innings for the Chicago White Sox in 9-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Fulmer came on in the fifth inning and allowed just one hit while striking out one. He threw 48 pitches of which 28 were strikes.
Fulmer is another building block for this team and it’s great to see him pitching to his potential. The big difference is he’s doing it as a reliever, not a starter. Since pitching out of the bullpen, he’s made two appearances for 4.2 innings. It’s a small sample size but he is definitely showing improvement. And that’s all you want to see if you’re the White Sox. You want to see him getting better every time he pitches.
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This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s better suited for the bullpen but some have argued that’s where he belongs. He struggled a lot as a starter in the minors. And in a spot start with the Sox, he allowed six runs in just over and inning.
Obviously he’s having some good success out of the bullpen, so that’s maybe where he needs to stay for now. Let him keep building his confidence and then perhaps you can revisit him in the rotation.
The White Sox have so much talent in their minors, specifically at starting pitching, that there may not simply be a spot for him in the rotation. A lot could happen over the course of a season but right now, this team lacks depth for its bullpen. If Fulmer can be successful there, and some other guys can lock down the rotation, this team is better for it.
It’ll be interesting to see how this team decides to use him going forward. I don’t think they have given up on him as a starter. But for now, it makes sense to keep him where he is. He’s doing well and it has to be a huge confidence boost for him. Don’t write him off as a starter yet, but his success in the bullpen will definitely give Rick Renteria something to think about.