A closer look at Derek Holland's approach
October, 24, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- ESPN Stats & Information provided a look at Derek Holland's sterling 8 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball in Game 4 to even this World Series at two games each. Here's a look:
|Rangers lefty Derek Holland, and his parents, talk about his impressive outing in Game 4 of the World Series.
* Holland came within two outs of being the first pitcher to throw a two-hit shutout in World Series play since Nelson Briles of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971. Holland's Bill James game score (a metric that rates starting pitching performances on a scale that's usually from 0 to 100) was an 84, tied for the seventh-best by a left-handed pitcher in a World Series game in the live ball era (since 1920).
* Holland used his curveball with a frequency unseen not seen since the end of the 2009 season, throwing 15 of 23 for strikes. The 23 curves matched the total thrown in his two LCS starts combined.
* He completely changed his pitch pattern on the first pitch of at-bats, throwing 11 first-pitch breaking balls out of 28 first-pitches. Overall, he started 16 of 28 hitters with a first-pitch strike, with not one being put into play.
* Holland got four of his strikeouts with his slider, one shy of his season-high for strikeouts with that pitch.
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