Scott Feldman was leading the majors in ERA until his most recent start. But even after that start, he’s still rocking a 2-1 record with a 1.69 ERA and only 16 hits in 26.2 innings. That sort of success was so much more than what the Houston Astros were expecting when they signed him this off season with a three-year, $30 million contract.
Feldman is the anchor of a young rotation, with Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock and Dallas Keuchel following him. Feldman was becoming borderline irreplaceable to the Astros; he was a piece of consistency, like Jose Altuve, and any consistency on the Astros is incredibly beneficial.
Replacing Feldman is another young, unproven arm, Collin McHugh. Between him, Cosart and Peacock, there is very little consistency. It’s all or nothing, and until that consistency develops, they still have a bit of risk involved with each start. Oberholtzer and Keuchel have been a very pleasant surprise as far as consistency goes, but being young and given their track record, it’s still too early to bank on their consistency.
Feldman’s vacancy will be felt in Houston, that much is certain. It’s up to the young guys now to gather what they have and provide some consistency. They’ve done pleasantly well thus far into the season, and Feldman deserves a lot of that credit. Hopefully they can carry on what they’ve been doing and fill the hole that he’s left for the next two weeks.