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Houston Astros Name Scott Feldman as Second Starter

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Scott Feldman is getting the start in the second regular season game for the Houston Astros, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz. This comes a day after Dallas Keuchel was named the Opening Day starter.

Feldman, the 6′ 7″ right-hander who signed as a free agent before the 2014 season, went 8-12 last year with a 3.74 ERA. He also pitched the second most innings with 180.1, behind Keuchel’s 200.0. Feldman is a solid veteran presence in the rotation with 10 seasons under his belt, while Keuchel, Collin McHugh, and Brett Oberholtzer have eight seasons combined.

During today’s game versus the Astros’ minor leaguers, Feldman was tagged for one run on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Prior to today, Feldman pitched in two games for five innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs, with two strikeouts and two walks.

As for the rest of the rotation, manager A.J. Hinch said he is still working on when McHugh will start, which could be either the third or the fourth regular season game. Oberholtzer is still dealing with a lat strain. And the fifth spot is still up for grabs, though the team is preparing for if Obie is out longer than expected.

Sam Deduno has had a nice Spring Training, pitching eight innings, giving up only one earned run with eight strikeouts and one walk. Asher Wojciechowski has also done well, going nine innings with zero earned runs, seven strikeouts and three walks. Roberto Hernandez got his first spring training start yesterday against the Pirates, going three innings, giving up three runs on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

What do you think about Feldman as the number two?

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