During his last three outings Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman had three of four quality starts. The one that wasn’t good he gave up a good crooked number of runs however. The last time out he pitched seven strong innings against the New York Mets giving up only one run and two hits. That gave the Cubbies a reason to be optimistic against the best team in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals. After all they had already beaten them once in the series and could grab a series split with a win. How did things go for Feldman?
Not good is the short answer. The problem with having inconsistent stuff as a starting pitcher is that you never how it might go for you. Unfortunately for the Cubs their chance at a split was badly hurt by Feldman’s start which turned out to be one of the crooked number starts. He gave up five runs in just over five innings to set the Cubs up for a nice five run deficit with less than half the game to go. In case you’re just watching the Cardinals for the first time, you don’t get the best record in baseball by losing games like that.
The Cubs really did have a chance though. Early on it looked like a pitcher’s duel but eventually Feldman’s stuff ran out of steam and he gave up too many. I guess that is how you get to be a team with a record quite a ways under .500. Feldman really has the potential for good stuff and has shown shutout ability from time to time. Without the beloved hard to find quality of consistency however, he will never realize his full potential.