Detroit Tigers’ Michael Fulmer wears ‘failed starter’ T-shirt proudly

Michael Fulmer didn’t give up a run in his first 10 outings this season.

The Detroit Tigers setup man logged 10⅓ innings, striking out eight batters and walking two.

But still, something didn’t feel right — his slider didn’t have the depth or the bite it was supposed to have. His velocity was down. So he and pitching coach Chris Fetter started to search for answers.

In his next four outings, the 29-year-old right-hander gave up six earned runs in four innings, allowing five hits, six walks (including one in each game) with three strikeouts.

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“The only hiccup this season was those two weeks when I was trying new things to try and figure out how to get back to where I needed to be,” Fulmer said Sunday. “Once I stopped trying to figure everything out, the results started getting better.

“It’s one of those things, did I have to change a lot from the beginning of the year? Probably not. But I knew my stuff wasn’t there or was still lacking a bit, particularly the slider … so that started trying to change everything else, that’s when you start to change velo and that’s when the walks came up.”