Shutdowns and schedules.

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Thirty-five times
this season, Scott Feldman has taken the mound immediately after the Rangers


He’s given up runs
in 14 of those innings – 25 runs overall, 24 earned. 


Thirteen times, he’s
had an opportunity to execute a shutdown inning, which is the half-inning
entrusted to a pitcher right after his team has take a lead in the game. 


Nine times he’s
allowed runs – 15 overall, 14 earned.


So Feldman’s ERA in shutdown inning opportunities is 9.69.


Derek Holland’s shoulder is fine, and his right knee is getting
better.  He will throw long toss today,
and he is scheduled to throw live BP tomorrow.


Rich Harden threw a bullpen Thursday and again yesterday and
is apparently throwing live BP today.  He’s
raving about his mechanics and his fastball.  


For what it’s worth, last year Harden’s ERA before the
All-Star Break was 5.47.  Afterwards it
was 2.55. 


Tanner Scheppers is apparently in the midst of his second planned
one-week shutdown
.  He last started
on June 28 and is slated to make four starts once he gets back on the hill, at
five innings apiece.


Cliff Lee didn’t throw his fourth straight complete game yesterday,
but he did go eight strong (one run, nine hits, one walk, 11 strikeouts) in an
8-1 win over Central-leading Detroit. 


Lee is on the same schedule as Feldman. 


So is Dan Haren.  And
Brett Myers.  And Fausto Carmona.


Presumably, at least two of Holland, Harden, and Scheppers
can have upcoming minor league starts set up so that they will be, too.





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(c) Jamey Newberg



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