Neftali Feliz (credits below) After last week’s column was what righted Miguel Montero’s ship, hopefully this week’s column can do the same.
This week’s column is going to be Texas Ranger themed, with two pitchers whose status as being relievers or starters being in question.
Sell High: Neftali Feliz
When the Rangers made Feliz their closer, it caused many-a groan from people (like me) who thought it was stupid to take a good starting pitcher, and stick him in the bullpen. After winning Rookie of the Year as a closer in 2010, and continuing his success in the role last season, the Rangers decided the best move was to put him back in the rotation.
Suffice to say, that the experiment has not gone well. Even though he posts an ERA of 3.16, his FIP and xFIP point to some regression to for Neftali, as they stand at 4.57 and 4.85 respectively.
Feliz has benefitted from a little bit of luck this year, with his .213 BABIP. Feliz has shown throughout his career that he can maintain a