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)
Last season, Scott Feldman was one of the best relievers the Texas Rangers had in the ALDS and ALCS wins over the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers, respectively.
In 8 2/3 innings of work, Feldman cruised, not allowing a run and racking up nine strikeouts with no walks before being overworked like the rest of the Rangers' bullpen and floundering in the World Series.
Feldman is likely going to be relied upon for the same role this October, and he took a big step toward confirming that status on Tuesday night when he got late word he was going to start the game in favor of Yu Darvish, who woke up with neck stiffness and couldn't shake it before game time.
Enter Feldman, who went four-plus innings, gave up two runs and had five strikeouts.
The outing was an effective one for Feldman, who might be battling with rookie Martin Perez for a postseason roster spot. But you have to think Feldman has the upper hand in that battle based on experience alone, and there's always the possibility both could make it to give the Rangers another lefty in the bullpen.
Barring disaster, it's safe to pencil Feldman's name down on that postseason roster.