Halfway home: Can Derek Holland return to form?
We continue our look at some of the second-half questions with the pitching staff.
Question: Can Derek Holland return to form?
Holland signed a long-term contract in spring training and after his sensational outing in Game 4 of the World Series and a consistent, solid second-half in 2011, he appeared primed to help lead the rotation in 2012. It hasn't happened. Perhaps the innings caught up to Holland. He threw 198 innings in the regular season and another 35 1/3 innings in the postseason.
This season, Holland is 5-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). Holland was inconsistent in the first half last year, going 7-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 18 starts. Then, Holland turned it on. He went 9-1 with a 3.06 ERA in his final 14 starts and then ended his season with Game 4 in the World Series.
The Rangers need to see the 2011 second-half Holland in this second half. One plus to Holland's disabled list stint is that he should be rested. He's had one start after returning and had a quality outing. He'll start things off tonight in Seattle for the club in the second half and gets a chance to see if he can put the first half behind him and pitch like he did in 2011.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.