When the Houston Astros went on the market for a veteran starting pitcher to anchor a staff of young guns, they were looking for an innings eater who could provide quality leadership. Well, Scott Feldman has done that and so much more so far into the 2014 season.
Throughout his career, Feldman’s ERA has always hovered in the 4.00 range. He’s never been a dominant, unhittable force on the mound, but coming to the Astros may have been the spark he needed.
Having never been in the position of leadership that he’s currently in, it would appear that he’s taken quite well to it. Much like manager Bo Porter was the perfect man for the job, so is Feldman. He’s not only provided what he was signed for, but he’s also been the dominant ace that he’s never been before.
Through three starts, Feldman boasts a 0.44 ERA, surrendering only one run in 20.2 innings pitched. While he’s only struck out seven, he’s also only given up seven hits, and it’s not like he’s pitching against scrubs. Feldman has faced the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers, and he’s shut them all down.
The Astros’ 1-0 loss in the series opener against the Rangers overshadowed the superb start Feldman put forth. While his counterpart, Yu Darvish, got all the attention, throwing eight innings of one hit ball, Feldman was right there with him, step for step, as he threw seven innings of two hit ball.
The Astros struck gold with Feldman. He’s exceeding all expectations, and hopefully he can keep his string of excellence going.