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37 Mike Pelfrey SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/240 | Birthdate: 1/14/1984 | Birthplace: Wright Patterson AFB, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: Wichita State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins SP Mike Pelfrey saddled with another no-decision Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2015) Pitchers who don't consistently last six innings either rack up a lot of losses or no-decisions. Fortunately for Twins starter Mike Pelfrey, it has been the latter.

Pelfrey received neither a win nor a loss in his fifth of six outings Sunday in Baltimore. This one was particularly lucky as he was banished after 4 2/3 innings having yielded three runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Jonathan Schoop played the role of villain, slamming an RBI single in the third and two-run single in the fifth that knocked Pelfrey out.

Pelfrey now has 11 no-decisions in 24 starts and a respectable 3.69 ERA.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey takes fourth no-decision in five starts


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings and left with the lead against the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Minnesota bullpen couldn't protect the lead, however, and Pelfrey took his fourth no-decision in his last five starts.

Pelfrey has a 2.45 ERA over that stretch, but he has just one win to show for it.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey ends long losing skid


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Mike Pelfrey finally got back into the win column Wednesday, tossing seven solid innings and getting plenty of run support from his Twins teammates in an 11-1 rout of the Rangers. 

Pelfrey gave up just one run on four hits as he was able to work aggressively given the big lead handed to him. He struck out four and walked just one during his 101-pitch evening. 

With the win, Pelfrey (6-7) ends a five-game losing streak and picks up his first victory since June 7 - a stretch of 10 starts. 


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey gets knocked around by Indians on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/7/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey got shelled in his outing against the Indians on Friday. The right-hander allowed seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. He threw 74 pitches to record 11 outs, but escaped with a no-decision in the 10-9 victory.

Pelfrey was given a 6-0 lead in the third innning, but he gave up four runs in the bottom half of the frame. He allowed three more in the fourth before getting pulled from the game. The Indians had a 9-7 lead at the conclusion of that fourth inning, but the Twins were able to rally back and re-take the lead, getting Pelfrey off the hook. 

Pelfrey had been pitching well leading up to this game. The seven runs allowed on Friday is one fewer than the total from his previous four starts. This was his poorest outing since he allowed eight runs in two innings against the Reds back on June 29. 


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey goes eight innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/2/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey tossed eight innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.

Pelfrey didn't allow a run thoughout his start, though he did give up four hits and a walk.

Pelfrey now has a 3.65 ERA this season.


Winless streak hits eight for Twins' Mike Pelfrey


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey saw his winless streak hit eight straight starts with a no-decision Tuesday against Pittsburgh. 

Since his last win, on June 7, Pelfrey is 0-5 with three no-decisions. 

Pelfrey allowed three runs, two earned, in 5 1/3 innings. It's the third time in five starts that Pelfrey hasn't finished six innings. 


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey allows nine hits in Wednesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey received his seventh loss of the season during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Angels.

Pelfrey allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits over six innings of work. He also struck out one and walked one. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Chris Iannetta in the second inning. He is now 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA.

Pelfrey had to be sent home Tuesday after experiencing food poisoning, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pelfrey is winless in his last seven starts and has three quality starts over those outings.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey goes deep in game, picks up loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey was solid in Thursday's outing against the Tigers, despite picking up his sixth loss of the season.

Pelfrey allowed four runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings.  He struck out four batters and didn't allow any walks for just the second time in 17 starts.

Pelfrey (5-6) has a 4.00 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 32 walks in 99 innings of work this year.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey goes four innings in no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey came away with another disappointing outing on Saturday. Pelfrey lasted just four-plus innings against the Royals. He allowed three runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out three. Pelfrey was able to escape with a no-decision, however, as the Twins held on to beat the Royals 5-3.

The Twins staked Pelfrey to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and he was able to keep the Royals off the board for the first four innings. But, after the Twins tacked on another run, Pelfrey allowed the first three men to face him in the fifth to reach base before Lorenzo Cain singled in a pair. Pelfrey was then lifted for a reliever, but another run would come into score before the inning was over.

"I thought my stuff was way too good to not get anybody out in the fifth," Pelfrey said, per MLB.com. "I thought I had good stuff but didn't execute pitches in there in the fifth. But the bullpen picked me up and the offense scored another run and we were able to win. So I need to be better, but these guys picked me up."

Pelfrey's ERA sits at 3.94 now, and he has allowed 11 runs over six innings in his last two starts.


Twins P Mike Pelfrey rocked in loss to Reds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey only lasted two innings in Monday evening's 11-7 loss against the Reds.

Pelfrey allowed eight runs on nine hits while walking three batters and striking out one. Pelfrey has now surrendered 20 earned runs over his past five starts. He now holds a 3.81 ERA this season. 


It's about the grip: Split the difference for Twins SP Mike Pelfrey


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) It's not saying all that much that Twins starter Mike Pelfrey is having his finest season. His best ERA in nine previous years was 3.66 and his career mark is a poor 4.45.

But his comeback has been impressive, particularly considering he is coming off Tommy John surgery and that his lowest ERA since 2011 is 4.74.

The 31-year-old Pelfrey is now 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA. His hits-to-innings ratio of 88/85 1/3 is on pace to be his best ever and he has allowed just five home runs.

And he has Twins bullpen coach Eddie Guardado to thank for it. Guardado taught him a new grip on the split-finger fastball that has proven critical.

"I think it's made all the difference in the world," Pelfrey told Fox Sports. "...It's kind of given me that changeup or secondary pitch that I've kind of been lacking."

Pelfrey now boasts the lowest ERA in the Minnesota rotation. He has used his new split-finger often. He estimated that he used to throw it three or four times a game and is now up to about 20.


Twins P Mike Pelfrey allows 3 runs, 10 hits in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey allowed three earned runs in Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the White Sox. 

Pelfrey went 6 2/3 innings, allowed 10 hits, walked three batters and struck out four. It wasn't Pelfrey's best outing of the year, with the hit totaling the second-worst for him this season. 

Pelfrey fell to 5-4 and now has a 3.06 ERA. 

His next start is projected for June 29 against the Reds. 


Twins P Mike Pelfrey allows 1 run over 8 innings in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey gave up only one earned run in a no-decision during Thursday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Cardinals. 

Pelfrey went eight innings and only allowed four hits and one walk. He struck out three batters, giving him a season total of 37 after 13 starts. Pelfrey now has an ERA of 2.97. 

His next start is projected for June 23 against the White Sox. 


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey shelled for eight runs in 3 2/3 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey endured his worst start of the season in Saturday's loss to the Rangers. Pelfrey was only able to last 3 2/3 innings, as he gave up eight runs on 11 hits, both season-highs. He walked three and did not record a strikeout, as his ERA ballooned to 3.18.

Pelfrey got hit with a rough fourth inning, as the Rangers scored six times to open the game up to 9-3. In that inning, Pelfrey served up a three-run home run to Mitch Moreland and a solo shot to Joey Gallo.

"It was a little bit of a different guy than what we've seen," Twins manager Paul Molitor said, per MLB.com. "His fastball was up and his split, he was trying to find it, but when he threw it over the plate it seemed to hang a little bit."

Pelfrey (5-3) will look to get back on track in his next start, scheduled for Thursday at home against the Cardinals.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey twirls eight shutout innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey shined in Sunday's win, allowing eight hits and one walk in eight scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 shutout of the Brewers.

"It was a big-time performance," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Pelfrey, per MLB.com. "It's been a tough week for our bullpen in terms of usage so to get eight innings was really big. And all zeros. And we probably could've scored more to take the pressure off there."

Pelfrey (5-2) has pitched very well this season, giving up more than two earned runs just twice in 11 starts. Sunday's outing was his second with no runs allowed, and he matched his season high for strikeouts along the way.

"I thought I had good stuff," Pelfrey said. "My split was probably the best it's been. It just seems like whenever they hit the ball hard, it was at somebody. We turned a few nice double plays."

Pelfrey owns a 2.28 ERA and 34:19 K:BB ratio in 67 innings. He's slated to face the Rangers in Texas on Saturday.


Twins P Mike Pelfrey gives up earned run in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey only allowed one earned run in Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. 

Pelfrey pitched a fine game, giving up six hits and only walking two batters through seven innings. He recorded just one strikeout. He's not one to rack up a ton of strikeouts as he only has 17 for the season. 

After seeing his ERA at 3.23 on May 14, Pelfrey's ERA has dropped to 2.59 over the past three weeks. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Brewers. 


Twins-Red Sox postponed Monday due to rain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Monday's game between the Red Sox and Twins has been postponed due to rain.

The game is scheduled to be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. Clay Buchholz and Mike Pelfrey were scheduled to take the mound on Monday, and both will presumably be pushed back a day to start Tuesday. Phil Hughes and Rick Porcello, who are scheduled for action Tuesday, will likely pitch on Wednesday along with Trevor May and Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox will throw Rodriguez in Game 1 of the doubleheader, while Porcello will pitch Game 2, per the Boston Globe. Steven Wright will take the mound for the Red Sox on Thursday.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey moves to 4-1 with win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey allowed one run in seven innings to earn a win over Boston on Tuesday.

"I thought early I threw a lot of pitches," Pelfrey said, per MLB.com. "There was a lot of foul balls, but I thought I was throwing a lot of strikes. I was going to my secondary stuff early. But then I kept going and starting more fastballs, and the big things was I was throwing them for strikes."

Pelfrey moved to 4-1 on the year, allowing five hits and one walk, while striking out four. His next start is also against Boston, on Monday. 


Twins' Mike Pelfrey tosses six one-run innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey didn't factor into the decision on Wednesday, giving up one earned run on five hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 4-3, 13-inning win over the Pirates.

Pelfrey allowed an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning after being staked to a 3-0 lead, and he was able to keep the score at 3-1 by the time he left. However, the Pirates were able to tie the game in the eighth inning, preventing the starter from picking up what would have been his fourth win.

Pelfrey owns a 3.00 ERA and 22:15 K:BB ratio in 45 innings. He's scheduled to face the Red Sox at home on Tuesday.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey can't get out of the fifth inning on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey had a day to forget on Thursday. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers, as the Twins got hit with a 13-1 defeat.

Pelfrey, who walked two and struck out one, served up a solo home run to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning and really wasn't able to get into any kind of rhythm, after he allowed three runs in the very first inning. He threw 95 pitches on the afternoon, with 59 going for strikes.

This was a step backwards for Pelfrey, who had given up a combined six earned runs over his last five starts. He still sports a very fine 3.23 ERA as he heads into his next start, which will likely be Wednesday in Pittsburgh. 


Twins starter Mike Pelfrey improves to 3-0 with strong outing on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (3-0) threw seven strong innings Friday, allowing two runs on six hits to earn the win over the Indians.

Pelfrey ran into trouble in the third inning, giving up a walk, a double and a single to bring two runs home. He felt like his issues might have carried over to the fourth inning, throwing two straight balls to the leadoff batter before stepping off the mound and giving himself a pep talk, MLB.com reports.

"I fell behind 2-0 and I stepped off and kind of yelled at myself," Pelfrey said. "I gave myself a little motivational talk. It was kind of embarrassing. I'm 31 and I felt like I was nibbling for the first three innings, which is pretty embarrassing. But after I got to 2-0 on (Michael) Bourn, I stepped off, and after that I started throwing the ball and we had better results."

Pelfrey rebounded from his previous outing where he lasted just 3 1/3 innings for a no-decision.

"It was another one of those starts we talked about where he started off fairly well and hit a little bit of a hiccup there in the third inning," said manager Paul Molitor, who had said before the game that one of Pelfrey's issues has been losing command early and letting the struggles get to him. "I don't know, it just seems like every start he goes out there he kind of runs into a little bit of a command problem. I think at one point the strike-to-ball ratio was almost 50-50. But he found it again. ... I think he's kind of figuring it out for himself a little bit as he goes, how to go about getting through innings with the stuff that he's using. It was good to see."

Pelfrey's next start is set for Thursday in Detroit.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey pulled in fourth inning vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in just 3 1/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 13-3 win over the White Sox.

Pelfrey watched his team stake him to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning but couldn't find a way to work out of trouble in the fourth. He opened the inning with a walk, a single and then hit three of the next four batters he faced to bring two runs home and earn an early hook.

Pelfrey owns a 2.63 ERA and 16:11 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Indians Friday in Cleveland.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey remains hot with seven strong innings in win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (2-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings of work Tuesday to record the victory over the Tigers.

Pelfrey struck out seven in the win and has now allowed just two earned runs over his last 19 innings (0.95 ERA).

The right hander missed most of last season with various injuries after signing a two-year contract with the Twins, so he's anxious to have a strong 2015.

"Last year didn't go any way that anybody would like," Pelfrey said. "I wanted to come in and make good on that two-year deal."

Pelfrey's back on the mound Sunday for his next start against the White Sox.


Twins RHP Pelfrey coming through 'crossroads' of career


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The lights-out performance by Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey in Kansas City on Wednesday seemingly came out of nowhere. But not to him. He believes regaining his health after season-ending elbow surgery in 2014 is a key to his success.

The 31-year-old Pelfrey insisted through spring training that he was healthy, but it took the suspension of teammate Ervin Santana to move him from the bullpen into the rotation. The rest is history - Pelfrey has pitched better in every start. He peaked by tossing seven innings of five-hit shutout ball against the hot Royals to lower his ERA to 2.65.

"I think going ino the offsdason, I was at a crossroads at my career," he told MLB.com. "I busted my tail to come back. I wanted to be a starting pitcher. It didn't happen the way I envisioned it, but I'm thankful to get this opportunity and I hope I can run with it."

Pelfrey had not thrown seven innings without allowing an earned run since Aug. 27, 2010. His victory Wednesday broke a stretch of 13 consecutive winless starts.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey strikes out four in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey pitched seven scoreless innings in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Roylas. 

Pelfrey struck out four batters and walked two. He gave up five hits on his 99 pitches. Pelfrey earned his first win of the season and is now 1-0. His ERA is now at 2.65. Pelfrey's next projected start is on April 28 against the Tigers. 

"Mike really picked us up," Twins manager Paul Molitor said, via MLB.com. "A tough loss last night and we've had trouble on the road, even though it's early. He seemed to get a little stronger. We let him ride through seven and he got through it."