A closer look at Derek Holland's approach

October, 24, 2011

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.

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* The Rangers are the first AL team to pitch a shutout, allowing two hits or fewer in a World Series game since the Boston Red Sox got a one-hit shutout from Jim Lonborg against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the 1967 World Series. With that, Holland is the fourth pitcher in the past 40 seasons to throw at least eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits or fewer in a World Series game, joining Tom Glavine (1995 Braves), Roger Clemens (2000 Yankees) and Kenny Rogers (2006 Tigers).

* 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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