GLENDALE, Ariz. – Catcher Matt Treanor interrupted pitcher Derek Holland’s postseason chat with the media to add a little levity.
"Can you guys do me a favor and ask him if he’s going to be in the rotation?" Treanor said, well aware that Holland is competing with a handful of other pitchers for one or two spots.
Holland’s reply: "I will be there."
It’ll take more than one rough Cactus League outing to affect his confidence.
However, Holland certainly understands that his prediction won’t be accurate if he doesn’t pitch better than he did Tuesday against the Dodgers. He gave up four earned runs in four innings, allowing seven hits and two walks.
"You’re really judging on getting in trouble and getting out of trouble," manager Ron Washington said. "That’s what you’re really judging on. I thought when Derek got in trouble, he did a pretty good job getting out of it."
Holland, who was excellent in his previous outing, described his performance as "inconsistent." He said he struggled to establish rhythm and felt like he was rushing himself.
"My body was going, my arm wasn’t," said Holland, who has an 5.00 ERA after nine spring innings. "It was just bad tempo and very inconsistent. I couldn’t pick up the tempo and get a rhythm going. It felt like my arm was playing catch-up with my body a lot."
That might have put Holland in the position of playing catch-up with the intrasquad competition.