The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Two pitches into Scott Feldman’s Opening Day start with the Cincinnati Reds, I tweeted sarcastically that the early returns on his cheapo signing looked to already be shrewd. He then allowed a homer to Philadelphia Phillies leadoff hitter Cesar Hernandez, which made the initial inane comment shine that much uglier as a would-be metaphor for the upcoming season of the rebuild.
Since those Opening Day bummers, however, Feldman has settled into his role as the veteran of the Reds’ pitching corps, and on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles he looked downright dominant.
Feldman allowed a lone run in 7 highly efficient innings pitched, walked nobody, yielded just 4 hits, and struckout 4 in his 86 throws from the mound, and looked plenty capable of being exactly what he was signed to be: not the team’s best starter, but a stabilizing …
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