The White Sox have tinkered with their starting rotation for this week's games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers.
Carson Fulmer, originally slated to start Wednesday in the Steel City, will instead pitch the second game of this weekend's four-game set with the Rangers on the South Side. This after Fulmer had perhaps his worst start of the season against the Cubs, when he allowed five runs in just 1.2 innings of work, walking four and giving up three hits, including a grand slam. Fulmer will now have a full week between starts.
The rotation now sets up thusly: Reynaldo Lopez and Hector Santiago on Tuesday and Wednesday in Pittsburgh, followed by James Shields, Fulmer, Lucas Giolito and Lopez from Thursday through Sunday against the Rangers back in Chicago.
The White Sox could use some improved results from their starting rotation and pitching staff in general. They have the second-highest ERA in baseball, at 5.35, with only the division-rival Kansas City Royals owning a worse mark. White Sox starters' ERA of 5.78 is baseball's highest. No team in baseball has issued more walks than the White Sox, who have 175 free passes, 108 of which have come from starting pitchers.
Fulmer, meanwhile, has had a very up-and-down season in what is a "prove it" campaign for him, to show he can be a part of the rotation of the future. He has a 6.23 ERA on the year. In just 5.1 innings over his last two starts, Fulmer has allowed 10 runs (nine earned), coughed up five home runs and issued six walks. The 33 batters he's faced in the last two outings have posted a .385/.515/1.077 slash line.