Hot Feldman seeking fourth straight win

WASHINGTON -- The resurgence of Chicago Cubs starter Scott Feldman, Sunday’s starter against the Washington Nationals, is being attributed to a better command of his pitches, especially the cutter.

After losing his first three games of the season, the right-hander bounced back with three consecutive victories. He boasts a 2.70 ERA and is one of only 10 pitchers in the majors to earn a decision in each of his six starts.

"Sometimes it takes a little longer than spring training to get the feel for that cutter," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Obviously, he's throwing it wherever he wants right now. He's got pitches going both ways. When you can do that, it's a huge way to have a lot of success. Then, to have command of that type of movement on both sides of the plate is huge."

In his last outing, Feldman threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk in a 9-2 victory over his former team, the Texas Rangers.

“I tried to relax out there and everything but obviously I know a lot of those guys,” Feldman told ESPNChicago after the game. “I have a lot of respect for them and I had a great seven or eight years over there while I made some good friends. When we aren’t playing against them, I want them to do good.”

Feldman, who is making his first career start against the Nationals, will try to earn four consecutive victories for the second time in his career.

"The command he's had has just been tremendous," Sveum said. "That's what all this is really about for most guys' success is that kind of confidence."