Sunday, June 28, 2009

Zack Greinke, C.C. Sabathia, Scott Feldman?

Scott Feldman is pitching like a new man. Other than his role as a reliever in 2006, Feldman hasn't had a whole lot of success in the Majors. But at 26, the 6'5" right-hander seems to have finally arrived.

We're three months into the season, and his WHIP of 1.172 is ranked 10th in the AL. He's behind the likes of Greinke, Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Matt Garza, Mark Buehrle, Jered Weaver, Scott Baker, and Edwin Jackson.

He's also ranked 8th in the AL in hits per 9 IP at 7.764. That's slightly ahead of Justin Verlander and teammate Kevin Millwood.

Feldman credits a new and improved cut fastball and keeping the ball low to his newfound success. Can he sustain this level of pitching? That remains to be seen.

But one thing's for sure: with all due respect to Jason Marquis, we haven't witnessed anything remotely like this from a JML starter since the days of Steve Stone.

1 comment:

William said...

Feldman has been great and I have been rooting for him. It seems the cut fastball is the new thing these days. A few years ago it was the split fingered fastball. Funny how the game goes in fads.