It’s been a rough season for both the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. But on Saturday, the Cubs outplayed the Mets in every facet of the game and got another great start from Scott Feldman to earn an 8-2 win.
Feldman pitched 6.2 shutout innings, striking out six while allowing eight base runners. The win is his fourth of the season and comes in his fifth straight-quality start.
He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in seven straight performances and now has a 2.19 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .213 BAA (batting average against) and 39 strikeouts in 49.1 innings pitched. Feldman allowed 19 base runners and 10 runs (six earned) in his first two starts, but has allowed just six earned runs in his past six starts — all wins for the Cubbies — and is one of the hottest pitchers in the National League. Feldman was mediocre at best in the American League with the Texas Rangers his entire career but he has taken to the NL and should continue to find success this season.
It wasn’t just Feldman who shined Saturday as first baseman. Anthony Rizzo continued his breakout season with two hits, including a solo shot. Reliever James Russell had yet another lights-out performance in middle relief with 1.1 perfect innings. The lefty reliever has allowed just one run and 11 hits in 17.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen this season.
The Cubs are finally able to showcase young talent in Rizzo, Starlin Castro and others that fans can get excited about as they look towards a hopefully brighter future.