Chicago Cubs: Scott Feldman Looks to Shut Down Former Team

By David Fouty

The Chicago Cubs will send Scott Feldman to the hill Monday hoping he can put an end to their four-game skid against his former team, the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers are coming off an impressive weekend sweep of the Boston Red Soxwho came into the series with the best record in baseball.

Feldman is hoping his own winning streak will wear off on his team. After losing his first three decisions of the season, Feldman has bounced back with two impressive performances, including his first career complete game last Wednesday. Two of the three hits he surrendered that day left the field, but did minimal damage as he finished with an impressive line of nine innings pitched, three hits, one walk and two earned runs.

Tonight’s game is a make-up of an April 17 rain out. The teams split the first two games of the series, meaning the winner will take the series.

Feldman played his first eight seasons in the MLB with the Rangerswho will be very familiar with his stuff. After starting his career in the bullpen, Feldman has been consistent as a starter. While you can’t expect him to dominate games with regularity, he often gives his team a chance to win by keeping control of the scoreboard and focusing on throwing strikes. He does his best work when he commands the strike zone and gets a lot of ground balls.

The Rangers will be riding high after their walk-off win Sunday. Luckily for the Cubs, they missed Yu Darvish by one day — and what a day it was.  Darvish struck out 14 hitters for the second time in his career Sunday. Instead, they will face rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch.

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