Carson Fulmer will make his final start of 2017 Saturday against Cleveland. The White Sox pushed his start back so a blister could heal.
Carson Fulmer will make his final start of 2017 Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago White Sox opted to push back the 23-year-old’s start to give more time for a blister on his right index finger to heal. The right hander left his last start in the bottom of the first inning on Sept. 21 against the Houston Astros. He was scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Angels.
This will be the final time we see Fulmer start in 2017. And it will be his final chance this season to make his case for a rotation spot in 2018. In his two previous starts, he allowed just two runs in 12 innings of work. Since he rejoined the team this month, he’s allowed three runs in 17 innings, split between starts and the bullpen. That comes out to a 1.59 ERA.
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Fulmer did pitch against the Indians earlier this month. He didn’t allow a run in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Fulmer gave up just one hit in a relief outing. So he will have some familiarity with their lineup heading into the game.
There were a lot of question marks surrounding where Fulmer would end up. He is obviously in the organization’s plan but they really have yet to define a roll for him moving forward.
When Fulmer came out of college, the White Sox saw him as a starting pitcher. Scouts thought differently. Some felt due to his small stature and violent windup he wouldn’t stick in the rotation. However, Fulmer is looking to curb those rumors and show he can be an effective starter.
If he has another solid performance against the Indians, that only strengthens his case. Sure, he’s coming off two impressive starts, but they were against the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. Those two teams aren’t exactly setting the world on fire. Now, a solid showing against Cleveland would be a great feather in his cap. Right now that is the class of the division and seeing him pitch well against the reigning American League Champions will definitely turn heads within the organization.