Feldman eager to get first Cubs start under his belt

Right-hander gets nod in Friday's series opener against Braves in Atlanta

Feldman eager to get first Cubs start under his belt

PITTSBURGH -- Scott Feldman will make his Cubs debut Friday night when the team opens a three-game series against the Braves.

"I'm kind of anxious," Feldman said Thursday. "Sitting here, watching these games, I want to get that first one under my belt and get off to a good start."

It's not only a new team for Feldman, but he's going to be pitching in ballparks and cities he's never been in. Atlanta is on that list. The right-hander has never pitched at Turner Field. At least, the forecast calls for temperatures more tolerable than the 26 degrees the Cubs had Wednesday night.

"I've never really been in [cold] weather like this in my life," said Feldman, who has played for the Rangers and grew up in California.

The good news is that Feldman has seen the Cubs play some good defense in the first two games.

"You can get some momentum on your side with a good play," he said. "We had it happen a couple times on Opening Day. Guys back there are pretty solid on 'D,' so hopefully they'll keep it going."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.