On Sunday Brett Oberholtzer shutdown the Seattle Mariners and became the first Houston Astros starter to throw a complete game in 2013. This news probably shouldn’t have upset me as much as it did, but nonetheless I was feeling pretty down as I realized that my beloved Baltimore Orioles were the only remaining team in Major League Baseball without a complete game.
Thankfully, a 30 year old righty from Kailua, Hawaii came along and changed everything. Thanks Scott Feldman.
In Friday night’s 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Scott Feldman break to CG-less streak for the O’s and became their first starter to go the full nine. Feldman allowed just five hits, walked one and struck out three over 106 pitches. 74 of his pitches were strikes.
Here’s a breakdown of Feldman’s pitch efficiency per inning according to BrooksBaseball.net:
|Inning||Pitches||Strikes||Strike %||Cumulative Total||Pitch LWTS In Inning|
Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.
After throwing 101 pitches through eight innings, I assumed that Feldman’s night was over. I watched Brian Matusz and Jim Johnson warm up from my seats in section three and was pleasantly surprised when Buck Showalter let Feldman return to throw five final pitches.
Here are the strikezone plots from each of the final three batters:
What an impressive performance from Feldman. It’s certainly something the Orioles needed as the continue to chip away in the AL Wild Card race.