Scott Feldman famously, or notoriously, started the 2012 season with an 0-6 record as a spot starter and injury replacement for the Texas Rangers, nearly finding his way out of Arlington except for the fact the Rangers couldn't have gotten anything in return for him.
Feldman takes the hill Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, where he's 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA over his career in 8 2/3 innings of work, and he'll be looking to help the Rangers get their first win of the four-game series that concludes Thursday afternoon.
His last start against Detroit wasn't bad, it was just doomed by one bad pitch to Prince Fielder as he gave up four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings — his first start to not go at least six innings since a win over Oakland on June 28.
Since that start against the A's, Feldman is 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA, 20 strikeouts and just three walks. In other words, he's been the best starter the Rangers have had over that stretch, and he wasn't even that bad in his last start, the loss to the Tigers.
It's not out of reason if you're just waiting for Feldman to blow up and turn back into that 0-6 pitcher we saw over the first half of the season, but so far it hasn't happened. And if he can keep that trend up, it would be a huge blessing for the Rangers' pitching staff.