Which starting pitcher for tonight's series opener between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros has been an Opening Day starter for the Rangers?
If you guessed Yu Darvish, you're wrong.
Former Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman returns to Arlington with his new team, the Astros, tonight to square off with the Rangers ace, Yu Darvish, who is a legitimate ace in Major League Baseball. Feldman, meanwhile, is the Astros' ace at the moment, but that's not saying a lot.
The Astros have picked up wins in both of Feldman's starts this year, and he is sporting a really nice 0.66 ERA with his 2-0 record. He's been very good. He was the Astros' Opening Day starter. Darvish was scheduled to be the Rangers' but was put on the DL to start the season before making a stellar debut last Sunday in Tampa.
We've seen this from Feldman before — stretches of brilliance. We've also seen the very bad Feldman, and make no mistake, that version of Feldman will rear its ugly head at some point this season, probably sooner than later.
With the way Feldman has pitched and the way the Astros have won games with him on the mound, Friday night is the night the Astros need to win if they plan on taking a game against the Rangers in this series after Texas went 17-2 against the Astros in 2013.
But unfortunately, the Astros' bats have to face Darvish, who completely owned them last season highlighted by his season debut in which he was perfect through 8 2/3 innings. In five starts against Houston last year, Darvish was 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 35 innings.