Michael Fulmer is showing manager Ron Gardenhire and Detroit Tigers fans everywhere that he is ready to be the ace of the pitching staff. For the second straight outing, Fulmer was lights out on the mound. Following up on his dominant performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Fulmer was even better Saturday against the White Sox.
The hard-throwing righty pitched 5 ⅓ innings, giving up six hits while striking out four Sox batters. More importantly, he didn’t give up a run, and has only given up one run in 13 ⅓ innings this season. With this performance, Fulmer lowered his ERA to 0.68 on the season.
Dixon Machado and Miguel Cabrera continued their hot start to the season. In the top of the third inning with two outs, Cabrera singled into right field driving in two runs. He later drove in a third run on a sacrifice fly. Machado finished the day going 2 for 5, including a double and two RBI.
The other bright spot for Detroit was once again their bullpen. Joe Jimenez looked overpowering, which is a great sign for Detroit. Jimenez has given up just one hit in 3 ⅓ innings so far in 2018, and has an ERA of 0.00.
Sure, it is still early, but winning the first two games on the road for this team is a big deal. If the Tigers can pull out the win tomorrow and complete the sweep of Chicago, it would send them to Cleveland with a lot of confidence.
The Tigers will send their veteran newcomer Mike Fiers to the mound Sunday while the White Sox are scheduled to start Reynaldo Lopez. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET.
Detroit did make one roster move following today’s game. The optioned pitcher Warwick Saupold to Triple-A Toledo. The move was to make room for Fiers’ activation from the 10-day disabled list.