Detroit Tigers: 3 pitchers to watch during 2020 shortened season

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Detroit Tigers, Michael Fulmer
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The Detroit Tigers are hoping that Michael Fulmer can get back to his normal self during the 2020 season.

With the shortened season and late start date, the Detroit Tigers are going to see Michael Fulmer back on the mound after a lengthy absence from the team. Arm issues have been a struggle for Fulmer, and surgery cost him all of his 2019 season.

The last season time Fulmer took a big-league mound during a game was September 15th, 2018, where he would not record an out exiting early. Now, nearly two years since his last start during the regular season, Fulmer is looking like he will rejoin the rotation.

The 2018 season is where Fulmer last pitched, he would throw a 132.1 innings pitched with a 3-12 record, a 4.69 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and 110 strikeouts. He has only thrown in three big league seasons, but he has a good start behind him that was hampered by the 2018 season.

Fulmer burst onto the scene in 2016, where he was a Rookie of the Year and received some Cy Young votes. He would follow that up in 2018 with an American League (AL) all-star nomination for the Tigers.

Looking back on this year, the shortened season is going to benefit Fulmer as well as some of the other Tigers young pitching staff. Fulmer has a bit of unpredictability around him, but summer camp shows otherwise.

Fulmer has looked quite good during the intrasquad outings, and live sessions at summer camp, and the hope would be that he can parlay this into a strong return on the mound. The Detroit Tigers are looking for Michael Fulmer to get back on the hill and put up substantial numbers.