ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 21: Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 21, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Scott Feldman has flirted on and off with being a quality starter in the Texas Rangers rotation and being an afterthought on the trading block, if only any other teams were interested in him.
That's what happens you start the season with six straight losses, then reel off six straight wins and earn July player of the month within the club, then go more than a month without recording a victory. That's exactly what Feldman has done this season and after a string of rough starts, there were calls to move Feldman back to the bullpen for the September stretch run.
Feldman might have quieted those thoughts, at least temporarily, on Thursday night when he earned a no-decision but pitched well against the Kansas City Royals in an extra-innings Rangers win. The streaky righty tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six with no walks. Thanks to Michael Kirkman's fat pitch to Eric Hosmer, Feldman lost his chance at the win in the seventh inning and will have to wait until his next start to get another shot for his first W since Aug. 4.
Rangers manager Ron Washington has said Feldman's rotation spot is not in danger, and he backed that up after Thursday's performance.
“Feldman recovered,” Washington told reporters. “He went out there and kept us in the ballgame. His sinker started working and he had a good breaking ball. He started trusting it out there tonight and it worked for him.”