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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Blows save but earns win

Fulmer (2-2) allowed one run on a hit and a walk to get credited with a blown save Monday against the Rays, though he was able to earn the win. Fulmer started the bottom of the eighth inning out with a strikeout, but got into some trouble by allowing a double and a walk with one out. He then tossed a wild pitch, and the lead runner would later score on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2, though the Tigers would score in the top of the ninth to go back ahead. Fulmer has now blown two saves this season to go with his 3.14 ERA, and while closer Gregory Soto has seemingly been on thin ice lately, the latter did wrap up Monday's contest with a clean ninth inning. For now, Fulmer should stick in a setup role, with Soto the top option for saves in Detroit.
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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Takes second loss

Fulmer (1-2) allowed two runs on a hit and a walk across an inning of work to take the loss Thursday against the Athletics. He struck out one. Fulmer allowed his first home run of the season in the eighth inning, a two-run blast by Seth Brown, which broke open a 3-3 tie. The righty still has a solid 2.70 ERA, but with the 9-23 Tigers struggling to score many runs, the margin for error is thin for all of the team's pitchers. Despite the hiccup, Fulmer should remain an important reliever in Detroit, typically working in front of closer Gregory Soto.
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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Earns first save

Fulmer picked up the save Friday, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning during a 2-1 win in Kansas City. After Gregory Soto received both of Detroit's save opportunities to start the season and pitched in three of the prior four games, manager A.J. Hinch called upon Fulmer to get the final three outs Friday. The righty needed just 11 pitches to retire the side in order and finished the night by striking out Hunter Dozier on three pitches. Fulmer, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year as a starter, was second on the Tigers last season with 14 saves and is next in line should Soto falter.
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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Picks up first win

Fulmer (1-0) worked around a hit to pitch a scoreless inning of relief and earn the win Monday against the Red Sox. He struck out one. Fulmer was second on the Tigers with 14 saves last season, but he also scooped up five wins out of the bullpen. Gregory Soto earned the save Monday and should see the bulk of the chances this year, so Fulmer will have to typically settle for holds and the occasional win while working in the eighth inning. That limits the righty's fantasy appeal a bit, though things could change if he overtook Soto for the closer role.
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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Sharp in season debut

Fulmer pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the White Sox. Fulmer got the ninth inning but the Tigers were down 5-2 at the time -- closer Gregory Soto wasn't needed. Soto led the club with 18 saves last season, though Fulmer wasn't that far behind with 14 of his own. The former should see the bulk of the chances in 2022 with Fulmer typically getting high-leverage work in the eighth inning. His fantasy value would increase, of course, if he supplanted Soto as the closer.
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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Sluggish this spring

Fulmer has an 11.57 ERA and has allowed two home runs across three Grapefruit League games. It's a small sample size of just 2.1 innings, but Fulmer hasn't been sharp yet, which is further evidenced by his lack of strikeouts. He's also reportedly a few ticks off from his typical velocity, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The righty was solid for the Tigers last season with a 2.97 ERA and 14 saves, so he should get rolling at some point. However, with Gregory Soto and offseason addition Andrew Chafin around, Fulmer might not see as many save opportunities in 2022.
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Detroit Tigers 40-man roster preview: Michael Fulmer, bullpen ace

Michael Fulmer has made a smooth transition from AL Rookie of the Year winning starting pitcher to bullpen ace for the Detroit Tigers. It’s incredibly rare for a relief arm to have four reliable pitches, especially those who are not in some sort of piggyback/long man/bulk-type role, but it’s exactly what the Detroit Tigers are planning to have in the back end of their bullpen with Michael Fulmer.
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Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Gets bullpen competition

Fulmer got added competition for the Tigers' primary setup role with the addition of Andrew Chafin on Wednesday, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Gregory Soto is expected to be the team's closer heading into the season, which would leave Fulmer and Chafin in setup roles. Fulmer did have 14 saves and nine holds in 2021 to go with a 2.97 ERA, so he should definitely see high-leverage work moving forward. With Chafin a lefty and Fulmer a righty, manager A.J. Hinch could just play the matchups with his top bullpen options. Either would see a boost in value if they replaced Soto as the closer at any point.
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This Dodgers-Tigers Michael Fulmer trade could help bullpen woes

The 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers need bullpen help, especially considering the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers also did, then proceeded to lose two of their most crucial late-inning arms in Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly. Typically, that’s not a recipe for success, unless you’re in the business of tripping ass-backwards into...
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Detroit Tigers: Michael Fulmer should not rejoin the rotation

The Detroit Tigers have an interesting situation to think about as they start to shape and build out the roster this offseason. They are likely going to add another arm or two in the form of bullpen help or maybe a depth starter. No matter what, the Detroit Tigers will...
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Detroit Tigers year in review: Michael Fulmer with a comeback campaign

Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer solidified himself as a legitimate late-inning option for the Detroit Tigers last season. I had predicted in our piece on the 2021 Detroit Tigers season that the bullpen would be “sneaky good,” and that Michael Fulmer would be a big part of their improvement as a unit. That prediction came to fruition and Michael Fulmer established himself as a bullpen ace this season (never mind my Jeimer Candelario “hot take” trade idea).
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