Houston Astros Opening Day starter Scott Feldman‘s strong start and veteran presence are of utmost value to a team that has struggled to find its footing in the AL West.
Feldman had an average outing last night, going five innings and giving up four runs on ten hits against his former team, the powerful Texas Rangers. However, Feldman’s track record says that when he stays healthy, the Astros can expect what any team needs out of a starter: consistent, quality starts. Feldman has lived up to that bill this year; he is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts and hasn’t given up more than four earned runs in any of his starts.
Though he’s struggled since 2009, his best year in which he posted a 17-8 record for the Rangers, Feldman’s performance thus far this season could indicate a mid-career turnaround for the veteran right-hander. The biggest surprise in Feldman’s performance this year has probably been the fact that his ERA is as low as it is, given that he has a career ERA around four and a half.
More than anything, Feldman’s performance this season provides Houston with positive consistency, something that the team lacks as it languishes in last place. The Astros’ rotation has undergone some serious shuffling in the first month and a half of the season, with the departure of Lucas Harrell and Brett Oberholtzer along with the emergence of Collin McHugh. Oddly enough, Feldman’s injury also opened the door for McHugh, who was called up to take his place in the rotation.