Michael Taylor's two-run home run in the fourth inning was the primary blemish on Feldman's line Sunday. The Reds have now won five of Feldman's last seven starts. The right-hander is 4-1 in that span has given up 17 earned runs over 40.1 innings (3.79 ERA).
Feldman was sharp for the most part and made one mistake in the form of a solo home run to Steven Souza, with the second run on his ledger scoring on a home run allowed by the bullpen. He pitched into the seventh inning for just the second time in his last seven outings and reached six strikeouts for the third time in that same span. The veteran has struggled to string strong starts together on a consistent basis this season, but he has flashed the ability to effectively consume innings in the middle of the rotation and will look to build on this performance Sunday against the Nationals.
Feldman wasn't able to replicate the success he experienced his previous time out against the Cardinals (7 IP, 0 ER), as the Padres reached base early and often Tuesday. The veteran righty dug himself into a hole early, allowing the first four batters of the game to reach base safely en route to an early 2-0 deficit. Though he was able to mostly limit the scoring over the following four innings, the damage had been done as his pitching counterpart Clayton Richard did not allow a run until late in the ninth inning when the game was already out of reach for the Reds. Feldman will look to improve upon his performance as he faces off against the Rays on Monday.
After allowing nine runs over 9.1 total innings to the Phillies and Braves through his past two starts, Feldman rebounded nicely Thursday. He's held opponents to two runs or fewer in seven of his 13 starts but still owns a lackluster 4.09 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 6.9 K/9 for the campaign. While the game-to-game inconsistency makes Feldman a difficult hurler to peg, there clearly is upside. A road date with the Padres is up next for the veteran righty.
It's been a hit-or-miss season for Feldman, as despite holding opponents to two runs or fewer in half of his 12 starts, he still sports an underwhelming 4.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. His 7.1 K/9 and 4.57 FIP aren't encouraging numbers, either. Additionally, considering he's allowed nine runs over 9.1 total innings to the Phillies and Braves through his past two starts, being selective with his matchups might not be a viable approach, either. Feldman lines up to face the Cardinals at home in his next start.
Feldman wasn't anything special in this one, and he was bailed out by Cincy's offense as they smacked five long balls to support him. The 34-year-old veteran has a very mediocre 7.5 K/9 and has surrendered seven home runs in his 11 starts. He's more of a matchup-based streaming option in deep mixed and NL-only leagues, and he has an intriguing matchup with Atlanta his next time on the bump.
The veteran has been hit or miss this season, as he's allowed 16 earned runs through 11.2 innings over just three starts but only nine runs in his other seven outings. As a result, his 3.99 ERA and 1.28 WHIP are a little misleading. Feldman has pitched reasonably well and is providing serviceable numbers for deeper settings. He projects to face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in his next start this weekend.
After a 1-2-3 first inning, the Cubs wore the 34-year-old righty out playing station-to-station ball, as only one of their hits (a Ben Zobrist double) went for extra bases. Feldman's success this season has depended on his control. In starts where he's walked one batter or none, he has a 0.93 ERA; in starts where he walked two or more, an 8.86 ERA. He'll try to get back on track Monday at home against Cleveland.
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