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Astros pitcher Scott Feldman.
Oooooh, Scott Feldman. Scaaaary.
We know what you're thinking, and it's understandable. Yes, Scott Feldman's numbers are really good this year, but he's still Scott Feldman, the Rangers don't need to fear him!
Not so fast, friends.
It's stupid to call any game in May a must-win game, but Wednesday night's series finale in Houston is verging on that for the Texas Rangers, and in order to win they'll have to beat a familiar face who just so happens to be one of the best pitchers in the American League this year.
You simply can't lose series to the Houston Astros if you want to be a good baseball team. And look at it this way, the Rangers have already lost as many games in 2014 (two) to the Astros as they did in 2013, when they made it to Game 163 before missing out on the postseason.
Feldman has been very tough this season. On the year, he's 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts after being both on the bereavement list and the disabled list already this year. And he's already had success against the Rangers, his former team he once won 17 games for. In a start earlier this season in Arlington, Feldman pitched seven innings of two-hit, shutout baseball before the Rangers eventually won in extra innings.
The Rangers are going to need to fare better on Wednesday night against Feldman, or things are about to get really ugly, really quickly.