Thursday, June 27, 2013
Feldman keeps fighting his way to wins
By Sahadev Sharma Special to ESPNChicago.com
MILWAUKEE -- Scott Feldman isn’t going to be winning any awards in the near future. He’s not making the All-Star team and he won’t be as sexy a potential acquisition as Matt Garza come the trade deadline.
However, the fact is, Feldman gets the job done and manager Dale Sveum is happy to have him on the Cubs.
“He’s done a great job,” Sveum said. “The thing that he does, I talk about managing an inning, he’ll manage an inning when things are starting to go a little haywire. He manages an inning and ends up giving up one a lot of times instead of giving up a crooked number.”
Scott Feldman battled through six innings to pick up the win on Wednesday.
Feldman tossed six solid innings, allowing three runs while striking out three and walking none. His team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and though Feldman allowed the Brewers to get on the board in three different innings, they never scored more than one run each time.
“You just try to learn from your mistakes that you makes along the way,” Feldman said. “Realize what causes big innings and what can kind of limit the damage. Luckily I was able to do that a little bit tonight."
With a run already in and Norichika Aoki on third with one out in the third inning, the Cubs were clinging to a 3-2 lead. Feldman was able to do what he does best and limit the damage. Feldman got Jean Segura to strike out looking and fanned Jonathan Lucroy to end the inning.
“I was definitely going for the strikeout there,” Feldman said. “They’re a tough lineup and they battled me the whole way. Luckily I was able to buckle down and make some pitches there.”
As nice as it was to get the victory and snap the team’s nine-game losing streak at Miller Park, the fact is the Cubs are still 12 games under .500 and tied for last in a division that features three of the best teams in baseball. With trade season just around the corner and numerous major league scouts on hand to check out Feldman -- as well as Garza, who pitches for the Cubs on Thursday -- the topic of being moved in the near future was brought up to Feldman.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Feldman said. “I’d love to just stay on this team, I love the guys here. I think we’re headed in the right direction. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s kind of out of my control at this point. All I can really say is that I hope I’m pitching well and I hope that I stay here. But it’s really out of my control.”
Despite lacking the big name or flashy stats, Feldman will likely be a highly sought after commodity this July. With pitching always valued and rarely available, Feldman’s 3.46 ERA and ability to eat innings will definitely be of use to a contending team.
But Feldman isn’t interested in stoking the flames of the hot stove. He’s happy to be playing in Chicago.
“It’s just speculation at this point,” Feldman said. “I’m on the Cubs and having a great time here with these guys. Hopefully we can rattle off some wins and keep playing well.”