Friday, September 4, 2009

Neftali Update

Rangers won their fourth in a row tonight, 5-1 behind the outstanding starting pitching of Scott Feldman and the dominant relief work of Neftali Feliz. With yet another road victory, his eleventh of the season, Feldman moves his overall record to 15-4 and lowers his ERA to 3.62. He won't get any serious consideration for the league-wide award, but there's little doubt that Feldman has been the Cy Young of the Rangers. He's been nothing short of brilliant in the second half of the season and he's now tied for second in the AL in wins.

But even more impressive is the flat-out ridiculous season being had by Neftali Feliz. He earned his second save of the season in tonight's game by pitching another 2.1 innings of perfect baseball. No hits, no walks, no runs, and another pair of strikeouts. He's now up to 22 innings in his young career and has allowed just 5 hits, given up 1 run, 1 walk, and tossed 28 strikeouts. There's no way to sugarcoat it---we're seeing the best start to a career, perhaps, in history.

Since the Rangers gave up 18 runs in that heartbreaking loss on Monday, they've allowed just 9 runs total in their last 4 games. Yep, that'll get it done...even if they are without two of their best hitters, Michael Young and Josh Hamilton. With a Red Sox loss tonight, they've now creeped back to just 2.5 games back of the Wild Card. In the words of Rip Torn in Defending Your Life, "this is damn exciting stuff here."

2 Comments:

Blogger JMW said...

They're actually just 2 games back in the wild card now. Great stuff.

September 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Kraig Smith said...

Right you are...and all the better. How am I supposed to focus on football season when the Rangers are still going strong into September? I've never had to juggle two sports like this. It's almost upsetting to me. Almost.

September 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

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