Starting Pitcher Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark on April 5, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.
Who knew that Scott Feldman was an avid reader of Red Fever?
Well, we do now.
Obviously, Feldman read Red Fever on Tuesday when we made it clear he needed to go out and be a world beater on Tuesday night against a hot-at-the-plate Tampa Bay Rays team in his first start in more than a year after the Rangers decided to give Matt Harrison a week off from the rotation.
Feldman, who won 17 games in 2009 before injuries and plain ineffectiveness plagued him in 2010 to the point where he went from being the club's Opening Day starter to being off the roster.
But on Tuesday, Feldman came through in a big way when he held the Rays when he went toe-to-toe with rookie phenom Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson and allowed just two hits over six innings with no runs, four strikeouts and one walk. He had his sinker and his cutter going like it was circa 2009 and gave the Rangers six innings in 88 pitches, as he was working on an 80-90 pitch count.
Of course, after the game, manager Ron Washington said Feldman will immediately return his role as the long-relief man in the Rangers pen, which is fine.
But don't be shocked to see Feldman making a couple of more starts this year, maybe doing the same thing he did for Harrison later on for Alexi Ogando or Colby Lewis.
And what do you do if Feldman has 2-3 more starts this year like that one and the Rangers make the postseason? It'd be a pretty good dilemma to have.