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The Breakout Season Of Pittsburgh Pirates Reliever Michael Feliz

When the Pittsburgh Pirates swung the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros in January 2018, one of the players they got in return was reliever Michael Feliz. After a strong start to the 2018 season, Feliz imploded toward the end of May and never recovered.

When the dust settled on Feliz’s 2018 season, he owned a 5.66 ERA, 4.13 FIP, 10.6% walk rate, and a 25.4% strikeout rate. These struggles put Feliz behind the eight ball when it came to cracking the team’s Opening Day bullpen. As a result, he started the 2019 season at Triple-A Indianapolis.